Uber to provide data support for NASA's urban air mobility program

Flying Uber Car Revealed

Uber previously released a video showing how its service will work much like the ride-hailing platform does today.

Uber unveiled models of its flying taxi Tuesday at its Uber Elevate Summit in Los Angeles. Under this agreement, Uber will share its unique UAM requirements based on their future operational concept for the world's first urban aviation's rideshare network, and NASA will use the latest airspace management modeling and simulation algorithms to assess the impacts of integrating UAM operations in an urban environment. The company has produced its own designs, talked to local governments and is trying to lay the foundation for a future in which people travel across cities in the sky instead of on the ground.

These activities will generate the data necessary to support the creation of industry standards, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules and procedures, and other regulations. Uber Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi is scheduled to speak at the Elevate conference tomorrow.

A video that the company released a year ago shows passengers arriving at a heliport on top of a building and taking a ride on one of the taxi drones.

This technology is ideal for crowded urban areas where Uber now operates.

The alliance highlights stepped-up efforts by Uber and other companies to transform flying cars from a science fiction concept to real hardware for residents of megacities where driving is a time-consuming bore.

For now, the concept vehicle is slated to have a cruising speed of between 150 miles per hour and 200 miles per hour, Uber said in a statement. Eventually, the flying cars are supposed to fly autonomously.

Ride-hailing services from Uber and Lyft are accused of causing more traffic in cities such as San Francisco. It plans to open its service up to the public by 2028, when it envisions flying taxis dropping off and picking up passengers from "Skyports" on skyscraper rooftops.

The Army wants to develop a new generation of unmanned drones that do not need runways and are quieter than current drones, said Dr. Jaret Riddick, director of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Vehicle Technology Directorate.

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