Uber Set to take to the Skies, Literally, with NASA by Its Side
Uber has entered into a cooperative relationship with the government agency NASA in the hopes of making Flying Taxi Cars a thing by the year 2023. Uber plans on calling the service UberAir. The project is called Uber Elevate.
It needs NASA’s help to figure out the kind of traffic management system you’d need to keep the skies safe with all those UberAir Taxis up there.
The announcement was made at the Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal.
Uber is working with NASA to develop an air traffic management system that could facilitate the launch of flying taxis, the company said today.
For a company that has notoriously butted heads with regulatory agencies, Uber’s cooperation with NASA shows its commitment to making its flying car project, called Uber Elevate, a reality.
At the Web Summit in Lisbon and in follow-up interviews, Chief Product Officer Jeff Holden outlined Uber’s plans to work with NASA and other industry partners to advance Uber Elevate and a new service called UberAir. UberAir would effectively bring Uber’s existing ride-hailing model to the sky.
Combining Uber’s technological development with NASA’s expertise in air space and simulation environments will “make this happen as fast as possible,” Holden told Bloomberg.
Uber is planning to have UberAir demonstrations by 2020 and to launch the service by 2023.