Uber is ready to expand the flight taxi project with NASA

Posted May 13, 2018

The space agency just announced today that they've signed an agreement with Uber Technologies to share plans for urban air mobility (UAM), which is a fancy way of saying "flying machines designed for cities".

One of the main focuses of the UAM project is the development of passenger-carrying aircraft capable of vertical takeoff and landing, the US space agency pointed out.

Uber and its partners are working towards a goal of launching flight demonstrations in 2020 and commercial trips by 2023.

Uber is in the midst of its "Uber Elevate" summit in Los Angeles, the same conference, held a year ago in Dallas, at which the company first announced its air taxi initiative.

The aircraft design can accommodate up to four passengers, and while it will be piloted by humans at first, it will eventually fly autonomously at an elevation of 1,000 to 2,000 feet (300-600 metres).

Of course Uber won't be manufacturing fleets of these vehicles and instead wants to remain a rideshare company, connecting the service to passengers. Uber said it expects to launch the time-saving air taxi service within five years.

Traffic is a perpetual problem of transportation around the world.

Uber has a bold vision for the future of urban transport: flying cars.

Uber envisages its air taxis picking up passengers at skyports on top of buildings or stations on the ground.

American space agency NASA and Uber have joined forces in a project which could lead to the creation of a super-advanced new taxi.

Once work starts, NASA will analyze data shared by Uber at its research facility at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.

"The eCRM design is pedestrian friendly, as the propeller blades are as high as possible, leaving ample room for individuals to board and de-plane without having to duck", Uber said on Tuesday in a statement.

Uber aviation program head said that the starting fair of flying taxi could be near about Rs 256 which is now equal to UberX service.

To do this, it has partnerships with NASA and the U.S. aeronautics agency to create a model for an air-traffic control system, presumably with the idea of preventing the flying taxies from ploughing into each other and various tall buildings, planes and birds.