Uber partners with NASA in vision for managing flying cars

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Uber partners with NASA in vision for managing flying cars

For Los Angeles - one of the world's most congested cities - it also makes a world of sense, especially in light of the city's hosting of the 2028 Olympic Games.

Uber is hoping to trial the project in the vehicle-dense city of Los Angeles in 2020 in addition to the previously announced routes in Dubai and Dallas.

Uber is working with NASA to develop an air traffic management system that could facilitate the launch of flying taxis, the company said today.

Uber's Chief Product Officer Jeff Holden says he hopes the service will reduce commute times, cut vehicle pollution in major cities and, eventually, the service will be cheaper than if a person were to drive their own auto.

The glitzy future of flying cars is nearly here-assuming NASA and Uber can figure out how to work together and develop the technology in the next two years.

The Space Act agreement, which has been used by Nasa to contract out the development of rockets since the late 1950s, will see Uber participate in a project to develop unmanned traffic management systems as well as the low-altitude drones that will be governed by it. When the service is in full swing, he anticipates that "tens of thousands" of flights will be performed each day across the city.

The ride-sharing company is reaching for the sky with its plans for UberAIR.

The goal is to have a network of on-demand, electric aircraft that can take off and land vertically within a decade. The aircraft would differ from helicopters in that they would be quieter, safer, more affordable and more environmentally friendly, according to the company.

As for how much such a trip would cost, Uber expects similar prices to those you get when using UberX.

The video shows a woman trying to get home to her family for dinner.

Alex Comisar, Garcetti's press secretary, said discussions with the company operating the technology in the city are in the preliminary stages.

LA Mayor Eric Carcetti said in a statement: "LA is the ideal testing ground for this new technology, and I look forward to seeing it grow in the coming years".

But The Verge notes the type of flying vehicle Uber wants to use doesn't exist yet. Engadget reports that the new service could take an hour and a half LA drive down to under 30 minutes.

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