Uber Partners With NASA to Help Develop Flying Taxis

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Uber unveiled today an agreement with NASA that advances the company's plan to bring flying vehicles to major U.S. cities.

The ride-hailing firm announced November 8 that L.A. will be one of the first cities served by UberAir, which it says will begin ferrying passengers across the region in electric aircraft in 2020.

The company also announced that it will launch its flying vehicle service UberAIR in Los Angeles in 2020 - just a year later than Blade Runner predicted.

Eric Garcetti, mayor of LA, said the city is the "perfect" place to test the new service.

Uber also announced that it signed an agreement with Sandstone Properties in LA to develop its Skyport take-off and landing terminals atop buildings, according to USA Today.

By the 2028 Olympics, Holden said, the company believes Angelenos will be making "heavy use" of UberAir. "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".

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Share this article: The logo of the ride-sharing company Uber. At the Web Summit, a technology conference, in Lisbon this week, Uber announced that they signed a Space Act Agreement with the governmental agency to determine how unmanned aerial systems can fly at low levels safely, reports CNBC. And the Federal Aviation Administration must ensure that the aircraft meet safety regulations, not to mention how they'll fare alongside other aircraft.

After using her smartphone to pass through a turnstile, the user is briefly weighed before being let to an aircraft that resembles a cross between a plane and a helicopter with fixed wings and tilt-prop rotors.

Uber noted it does not plan to make the cars themselves, but will instead partner with multiple manufacturers for prototype vertical takeoff and lander vehicles. And then the company will need to win over consumers, Harris said.

Harris said he could see a commercial electric aircraft service launch within the next 10 years.

"Flying autonomous vehicle technology is developing rapidly, but it's likely to be more disruptive than transformational", analysts Kimberly Harris-Ferrante and Michael Ramsey said.

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