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Uber and NASA pen flying taxi probe pact

Uber and NASA pen flying taxi probe pact

Under the agreement, ARL and Uber will invest a total of $1 million in research toward development of the "first usable stacked co-rotating rotors".

The objective is to work together towards the goal of launching flight demonstrations in 2020 and commercial trips by the year 2023. Uber has signed a Space Act Agreement with NASA for experimenting air mobility in the city.

Uber's input is crucial to the UAM project, as all the necessary data regarding traffic scenarios, collision mitigation, and airspace management will be coming from the Elevate project.

Uber previously named Dubai as its third launch city but said on Tuesday it had reopened its selection process to include other cities which fit more of its criteria for showcasing how flying taxis can help to relieve urban congestion. Dallas and Los Angeles will reportedly be the first two cities Uber Air will operate in.

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Uber Looking to Expand Flying Taxi Service to Third City
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The alliance highlights stepped-up efforts by Uber and other companies to transform flying cars from a science fiction concept to real hardware for residents of megacities where driving is a time-consuming bore. "Uber is close to the commute pain that citizens in cities around the world feel", say the company in the whitepaper.

Uber suspended its self-driving vehicle tests in March following a fatal collision with a pedestrian. Early iterations will be piloted but eventually, Uber aims to let the aircraft fly autonomously.

Some of those firms appeared alongside Uber at the event with their own concept designs for what the flying taxis could look like. "It will allow the Army to rapidly advance mutually beneficial technology to inform objectives for silent and efficient VTOL, or vertical takeoff and landing operation, for the next generation fleet of Army unmanned air vehicles". With this in mind, they will be working closely with the Federal Aviation Administration to make sure the aircraft won't burden the national air traffic control system.

But details of the project were overshadowed, as a report revealed that one of Uber's self-driving test auto which killed a woman crossing the street had detected her but decided not to react immediately. As per agreement, it presented the flying vehicle concept.

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