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Uber Unveils Its Drone-Like Flying Taxi Prototype

Uber Unveils Its Drone-Like Flying Taxi Prototype

The first flying taxis will be designed with a pilot, according to Allision, but over time can be developed as autonomous vehicles.

To bring uberAIR to market, Uber plans to partner with three 'launch cities.' This will allow for a balance between focus and city diversity that will set the service up for long-term success.

NASA has been working with other agencies, industry and organizations to test technologies that can help drones navigate safely beyond visual-line-of-sight. 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.

But Uber's new prototype vehicle shows off its vision of the future of transportation - a "flying taxi" that aims to alleviate urban congestion.

NASA has signed a second space act agreement with Uber to further explore concepts and technologies related to urban air mobility (UAM).

The flying cars will likely be refueled at the thousands of rooftop "skyports" Uber hopes to erect in cities across the U.S. Those skyports will be able to accommodate 200 liftoffs and landings each hour.

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Uber plans to operate a network of small, electric aircraft in numerous cities worldwide as part of its Elevate aviation initiative.

Initially, the partnership between NASA and Uber centered on general modeling and simulations, but the pair have now signed another deal that applies this to real-world airspace.

The Uber data will be employed "to simulate a small passenger carrying aircraft as it flies through DFW airspace during peak scheduled air traffic and analyze if these operations would trigger traffic collision advisories", company said in a statement.

Earlier today, Uber debuted its combo helicopter-airplane reference design for contractors building the craft.

"We want to create the network around those vehicles so that regular people can take these taxis in the air for longer distances when they want to avoid traffic at affordable prices", said Khosrowshahi. But Uber isn't a company lacking in confidence and revealed that Dubai will now join Dallas and LA as the third major city to host demonstration flights of UberAir, as the service will be called, in 2020.


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