NASA teams up with Uber to map the skies of the future

Design models of Uber's flying taxi.
               CBS News

Uber earlier claimed that the first working model of an autonomous passenger carrying aircraft would be presented in Dubai as early as 2020 during Dubai's World Expo. At the time though, NASA was assigned to come up with air traffic management for a fleet of flying vehicles. Uber will collaborate by sharing its plans and supplying the space agency with data so that it can assess how best to navigate an aerial taxi service system alongside very contested airspace. 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's first Space Act Agreement with NASA, which was signed in November 2017, was a general statement of an intent to collaborate, The Verge reported.

Not to be pinned down by its continuing troubles here on the ground, Uber is pushing ahead with its flying taxi ambitions at its Elevate conference in LA this week. The findings of the simulations will then be used in drafting the industry standards and regulations for the flying taxis, as per Fox43. In the meantime, the company has teased the public, visualizing how it would feel to ride in Uber's version of Korben Dallas. In the same way as the now book taxi cars from app.

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"We think cities are going to go vertical in terms of transportation and we want to make that a reality", Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi told CBS News. Picture Los Angeles. It's these kinds of metro areas where people face traffic congestion and would pay for a flying taxi to shuttle them above the jammed highways and streets below. Uber has previously said that its flying taxis will fly below 10,000 ft (3,000 m).

The company hopes to have pricing similar to an Uber Black on a per-mile basis, with cost eventually falling as low as UberX over the same distance. More details on the program will likely be revealed today at the summit. Boeing and Airbus have air taxi projects, and Larry Page, co-founder of Google, backs a company called Kitty Hawk, which shared a video of its flying taxi concept last year-though it looks more like a flying Jet Ski.

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