Uber tests First of its kind Flying taxi service

Full-size design models of Uber's flying taxi.               CBS News

NASA, the agency that put a man on the moon and inspired a generation with dreams of space exploration, is going to help Uber test flying cars for the obscenely rich in Dallas.

Uber has set out plans to launch a flying taxi service by 2023.

Uber's first Space Act Agreement with NASA, which was signed in November 2017, was a general statement of an intent to collaborate, The Verge reported.

The pact aims to further explore concepts and technologies related to urban air mobility (UAM) to ensure a safe and efficient system for future air transportation in populated areas. At the summit today, Uber Head of Elevate Eric Allison shed some light on the cost of uberAIR, Uber's aerial ridesharing service, for consumers. Dallas Fort Worth and the Los Angeles are considered to be the pioneer cities in having the first flying ride sharing network.

"We've been thrilled by the inbound interest from the worldwide community, and we've now formalised a process whereby interested cities can engage with Uber directly and articulate their views on how UberAIR can positively impact their market, and how they can help in launching and scaling the service", said Uber's chief product officer Jeff Holden.

It envisions a fleet of electric jet-powered vehicles - part helicopter, part drone and part fixed-wing aircraft - running multiple small rotors capable of both vertical take off and landing and rapid horizontal flight. Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti spoke on Tuesday morning via a recorded video.

Full-size design models of Uber's flying taxi.

Uber has reliable partners for their project including NASA to develop the new UberAIR service.

A spokeswoman was quoted as saying: "Dubai has previously expressed an interest in (Uber's) vision but we are broadening the pool given interest from other cities which is why we have launched this criteria and process", adding that talks with Dubai will continue. As per agreement, it presented the flying vehicle concept.

As the Inquisitr previously reported, Uber and NASA are now working together to figure out how the Elevate vehicles can operate safely while flying at low altitude.

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