Uber Inks Deal With NASA To Create Mid-Air Routes For Flying Cars
Uber is well on its way to developing flying cars, and with a new agreement with NASA, they will also have the taxi routes all planned out in time for their arrival.
Earlier this year, reports came out that Uber had a plan in place to have a fleet of flying cars in the air by the year 2020. If everything goes according to plan, then their vehicles will be able to travel up to 200 mph while hovering 250 feet in the air.
While they are working on that, they have also just inked a deal with NASA to help them develop software that will manage the aerial taxi routes.
During a presentation for their new proposed vehicles, chief product officer Jeff Holden was excited about the latest toy in the Uber arsenal.
“Technology will allow LA residents to literally fly over the city’s historically bad traffic, giving them time back to use in far more productive ways. At scale, we expect UberAir will perform tens of thousands of flights each day across the city,” Holden told USA Today.
The flying vehicles will not require a pilot and will have swiveling propellers that will allow the crafts to take off and land vertically.
The first vehicles will be tested in Los Angeles. When the program is fully operational, Uber believes that there will be tens of thousands of flights zooming over L.A. every day.
The agreement with NASA will result in the creation of traffic management routes so that they can avoid any midair catastrophes with so many flying vehicles going back and forth over the densely populated area.
According to Holden, “UberAir will be performing far more flights over cities on a daily basis than has ever been done before. Doing this safely and efficiently is going to require a foundational change in airspace management technologies.”
Uber has also signed an agreement with Sandstone Properties in Los Angeles. Their partnership will lead to the ability for many of these flights to take off from the tops of buildings.
If all goes according to plan, Uber will be launching the first test flight atop the city of LA in 2020. The second city to have the service will be Dallas/Fort Worth.
The final objective is to officially launch fully functional UberAir services before the arrival of the 2028 LA Olympics.