Uber plans to use flying cars as (possibly autonomous) taxis that will zip around picking up and dropping off passengers like aerial versions of today's Uber cars, so coordination will definitely be required.
While the ride-hailing service and the USA space agency may seem like an odd couple, the relationship is necessary in order to keep everything running smoothly when Uber ultimately takes to the skies. Jeff Holden said that the plan would get finished by 20120 in Los Angeles.
You see, drones and other low-altitude "recreational aircraft" are now so prolific in the U.S. that NASA has been working with the Federal Aviation Authority to deliver a "Next Gen" air traffic control system. By 2020, Uber plans to start testing the vehicles-which now don't exist-in Los Angeles; by 2028, it'll perform "tens of thousands" of flights per day across the city.
Uber dominates the streets and the company hopes to tackle the sky with flying taxis tested by 2020-and they signed a partnership with NASA to do so.
Uber said today it's intending LA to be its second USA trial location, having previously named Dallas as a test city.
It is the first time that has formally partnered with a federal US agency.
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"To solve the problem of soul-destroying traffic, roads must go 3-D, which means either flying cars or tunnels". Now, Los Angeles has been added to the list.
Uber hopes to have its fly-sharing service in place by the 2020 Olympics, so people from all over the world can delight in watching LA motorists sit as they fly magically from event to event.
Uber will be testing the pods in L.A., Dallas-Fort Worth, and Dubai.
"The space act that we signed with NASA is initially about collaboration around air traffic management", Holden said.
To hack it aloft, Uber is teaming up with the space agency on a range of projects to prevent catastrophic mid-air above dense urban areas. "Doing this safely and efficiently is going to require a foundational change in airspace management technologies".
"UberAir will be performing far more flights over cities on a daily basis than has ever been done before", Holden said.