Uber in deal with NASA to build flying taxi air control software.




Uber in deal with NASA to build flying taxi air control software.

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Now I’m starting to think that maybe the key missing component all these years wasn’t finding someone to build a vehicle that could fly and drive. It was finding someone who could develop a business case to build a whole ecosystem supporting flying cars and make the expense of developing the technology worthwhile. After all, a flying car isn’t going anywhere without customers, who then need air driving training, perhaps, and an infrastructure that supports a brand new mode of transport—not to mention government approval and rules of the road, err, I mean sky?

All of which makes it kind of exciting that today Uber, which has already been talking up the flying taxi concept, announced it will be working with NASA to create the needed air traffic management system. The concept is auto-piloted air cars that will bypass traffic jams and make commuter runs above overcrowded freeways or even short jaunts between closely connected cities.

Uber has struck a deal with the US National Aeronautical and Space Administration (Nasa) as part of its plans to roll out flying cars in cities around the world.
It would work with the space agency to develop software for managing flying taxi routes, Uber’s chief product officer Jeff Holden announced at the Web Summit in Lisbon.
Nasa is yet to comment on the deal.
Experts questioned whether the plan could ever get off the ground.
Uber has been involved with regulatory tussles around the globe over its app-based taxi service, and is hoping to avoid similar rows over its air plans.
“We are very much embracing the regulatory bodies and starting very early in discussions about this and getting everyone aligned with the vision,” said Mr Holden.
Uber wants to see widespread use of electric, on-demand air taxis – part-drone, part fixed-wing aircraft – which could be ordered via a smartphone app in the same way as its road-based taxis.

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