NASA and Uber Are Working Together to Bring Us Flying Cars

NASA is working with Uber on its flying taxi project

Uber revealed the new NASA Space Act Agreement at the Web Summit conference recently, marking its first deal with a federal agency. "We've done the hard work so we can build skyports, and can get the throughput operationally to move tens of thousands flights per day per city". Rather than offering the service as a luxury product (trips to Coachella Valley from Los Angeles cost passengers $4,170 each way), Uber envisions UberAir as a commuter option, with fares comparable to taking an UberX auto ride. "Doing this safely and efficiently is going to require a foundational change in airspace management technologies", said Uber chief product officer, Jeff Holden.

Uber hopes to make congested Los Angeles traffic bearable with flying taxi services from the airport.

The goal is to have a network of on-demand, electric aircraft that can take off and land vertically within a decade.

On Wednesday, the ride-sharing service said Los Angeles will be the third city in its pilot program, which already includes Dallas-Fort Worth and Dubai. It expects to offer rides in the flying taxis for prices comparable to its UberX service.

The ride-hailing service signed a deal with NASA on Wednesday to develop software for managing aerial taxi routes - part of its plan to make self-flying cars a reality by 2020.

The video shows a woman trying to get home to her family for dinner.

UberAir differs from UberChopper, a helicopter service the company has in the past offered during events such as the Coachella music festival, or during summertime for trips between New York City and the Hamptons. "LA is the flawless testing ground for this new technology and I look forward to seeing it grow in the coming years".

That's a little scary - we're thinking Uber should partner with Amazon and its flying drones for this.

Instead of tackling the building of actual aircraft, Uber will develop the technology that manages flying vehicles and navigates air traffic.

In its presentation, Uber showed how a 16-mile ride in an Uber auto from Los Angeles International Airport to the Staples Center downtown would usually take about an hour and 20 minutes.

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