Uber announces partnership with NASA on flying auto service

NASA is working with Uber on its flying taxi project

Uber to work with Nasa on flying cars

The tech company has partnered with NASA to help it develop air traffic management systems for its flying taxi initiatives, chief product officer Jeff Holden said on Wednesday.

Uber has also joined forced with with NASA who will be developing traffic management systems to ensure safe and efficient operations of the aircrafts.

The flying taxi project could drastically reduce trip times by avoiding traffic while remaining relatively cheap.

Uber said on Wednesday it was the first formal services contract by the U.S. National Aeronautical and Space Administration, NASA, covering low-altitude airspace rather than outer space.

Uber has faced regulatory and legal battles around the world since it launched taxi-hailing services earlier this decade, including in London where it is appealing against a decision to strip it of its license due to safety concerns.

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Alex Comisar, Garcetti's press secretary, said discussions with the company operating the technology in the city are in the preliminary stages. Dallas-Forth Worth, Texas and Dubai were announced as test cities in April of this year.

The ride-sharing company is reaching for the sky with its plans for UberAIR. Then, there's the lack of infrastructure fundamental for their support.

Uber expects uberAIR trips from the Los Angeles airport to the Staples Center will take less than 30 minutes during rush hour.

The ride sharing company is working with aviation regulators in the United States and Europe to win approvals toward that end, Holden told Reuters.

And it seems that Uber has been making the moves to ensure it will happen.

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NASA, which is yet to comment on the partnership, has previously announced it was working with a variety of companies to develop urban air mobility.

Uber wants to begin testing a type of flying taxi called a vertical take-off and landing (VToL) vehicle, which does exactly what that description suggests.

If it all works, the payoff would be a new supply or revenue for the company, and hopefully less stressful rush-hour commutes for consumers.

No word on whether Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is under consideration as a name for the flying cars.

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