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News Uber, NASA Team Up on Flying Taxis

18:21  10 november  2017
18:21  10 november  2017 Source:   motortrend.com

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Uber will join NASA in developing software to manage "flying taxi" routes, the ride-hailing company announced this week.

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The plan calls for Uber to begin testing flying taxi services across the Dallas-Fort Worth area and then in Los Angeles by 2020. The vehicles would carry four passengers and be capable of traveling 200 mph.

Uber's flying taxi service is expected to really pick up starting in 2023, when the company begins offering paid flights within cities. The company says it's working with regulators in Europe and the U.S. to make this vision a reality.

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Uber announced that the company has signed a Space Act Agreement with NASA to design and enact an air traffic control system for its prospective flying taxi fleet as part of its Elevate service. Sign up for weekly newsletter. I agree to receive emails from the site.

(Reuters) — Uber has struck a deal with NASA to develop software for managing “ flying taxi ” routes in the air along the lines of Earlier this year, Uber hired NASA veterans Mark Moore and Tom Prevot to run, respectively, its aircraft vehicle design team and its air traffic management software program.

Meanwhile, NASA is already deep into its work developing driverless air-traffic management systems. It has gone through the second phase of a four-phase process in testing this technology. Phase 1 and Phase 2 involved tests in sparsely populated areas, while the latter two phases will see these vehicles head to more populated regions. Uber doesn't enter the equation until the last phase, which begins in March 2019.

Currently, Uber is working on software for flying taxi networks with the help of partners including Aurora Flight Sciences.

Customers could hail a flying taxi much in the same way they would with an Uber car: via smartphone. The company imagines electric jet-powered vehicles with multiple small rotors that would allow for vertical take-off and landing. The vehicles would mix characteristics from helicopters, drones, and fixed-wing aircraft.

Uber isn't the only company with its head in the sky. Airbus says it could start production on a flying car in 10 years, and Dutch company PAL-V has already introduced the first commercially available flying car.

Source:Reuters, Uber via Twitter

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"There is a huge shortage of engineers. There are plenty of smart people — the missing link is education," said Thrun, who headed the team that launched Google's self-driving car project, since renamed Waymo.Thrun remains an advisor to Google parent Alphabet Inc and retains close ties to Alphabet CEO and co-founder Larry Page.Page is an investor in Kitty Hawk Corp, a two-year-old startup based in Mountain View, California, whose stated mission is "to make the dream of personal flight a reality." Thrun is chief executive of Kitty Hawk and a co-owner.

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