NASA to Help Uber Fly Its Taxis Safely Over Urban Areas

Uber’s vision from its white paper

Uber’s vision from its white paper

According to a whitepaper (PDF), Uber's VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) aircraft will use electric propulsion so they have zero emissions, be quiet enough to operate in busy cities, and will be autonomous. The NASA will use its years of experience in different areas of air mobility and the Uber will use its colossal engineering, in a joint effort to make this flying concept work.

Uber has unveiled its latest "flying car" concept, which looks more like a giant drone than the helicopter-like concept it first developed with NASA previous year. This wasn't the first time that the two teamed up though.

Mr Khosrowshahi also emphasised Uber's commitment to electric bicycles following its acquisition of Jump Bikes last month.

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American space agency NASA and Uber have joined forces in a project which could lead to the creation of a super-advanced new taxi. The space agency will be the one to conduct simulations for the ridesharing network of flying cars.

This could mean that you have a low-speed channel of airspace reserved for hobbyists flying video drones, for example, with a high-speed channel above that for delivery drones and then another for flying taxis.

The move is being looked at as Uber attempting to work as closely as possible with the government as it looks to make its flying taxi project a reality. In the meantime, the company has teased the public, visualizing how it would feel to ride in Uber's version of Korben Dallas.

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NASA and Uber Technologies have just signed a second space act agreement to strengthen their collaboration in the field of urban air mobility (UAM), the USA space agency announced yesterday.

The recent news tells us that Uber is going to introduce air mobility through the flying taxi.

Of course Uber won't be manufacturing fleets of these vehicles and instead wants to remain a rideshare company, connecting the service to passengers. While the CEO said he'd joined Uber past year as a sceptic of the flying auto programme, he eventually made a decision to support the futuristic endeavour.

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But details of the project were overshadowed, as a report revealed that one of Uber's self-driving test auto which killed a woman crossing the street had detected her but decided not to react immediately.

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