Uber partnered with NASA to create Uber Air, a flying taxi service that will hit the skies in 2020. The vehicle will need to take off and land vertically, while operating safely while flying at a low altitude. “UberAir will be performing far more flights on a daily basis than it has ever been done before. Doing this safely and efficiently is going to require a foundational change in airspace management technologies,” said Uber chief product officer, Jeff Holden. How much is a trip going to cost? Approximately what you’d pay for an UberX ride. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.
“Combining Uber’s software engineering expertise with NASA’s decades of airspace experience to tackle this is a crucial step forward for Uber Elevate. We are bringing uberAIR to Los Angeles in no small part because Mayor Garcetti has embraced technology and innovation, making LA a hub for the future. In this case, technology will allow LA residents to literally fly over the city’s historically bad traffic, giving them time back to use in far more productive ways, whether more leisure time with friends and family or more time to work,” adds Holden.