Uber to launch flying taxis by 2020

Uber to launch flying taxis by 2020

LA will be the second United States city to get UberAIR after Dallas, which was announced as the first location for UberAIR at the company's Elevate Summit in April.

Uber will work with NASA, the US' National Aeronautics and Space Administration, on systems to safely manage and control autonomous flying taxi routes.

In its efforts to take to the skies, Uber says it's partnering with NASA. The Space Act Agreement involves transfer of expertise, but no transfer of funds.

Uber continues to aim for the sky. Dallas-Forth Worth, Texas and Dubai were announced as test cities in April of this year.

Los Angeles will be the company's third test city. "Uber wouldn't even build something like this if it wasn't for everyone", said Holden.

UberAir's 2020 plan calls for setting up "skyports" at Los Angeles International Airport, downtown L.A., Santa Monica and Sherman Oaks.

It is also working with developers to build rooftop landing pads and will also offer stops at sports arenas, the worldwide airport and coastal suburbs of LA.

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To get a sense, Uber projects that trips from the Los Angeles airport to the Staples Center during rush hour will take less than 30 minutes - down from 1 hour 20 minutes by vehicle.

A graphic shows a hypothetical flight path for a trip from LAX to Staples Center.

In scenes reminiscent of the new Blade Runner 2049 film, Uber has released a promotional video showing how the flight sharing service will work. "This all-electric bad boy flies 150 to 200 miles an hour", he said.

Since the world we are now living in is very much not the future we all dreamed of, NASA is teaming up with Uber to try to at least make a sliver of our flying-car dreams come true.

How much will all this cost?

But some experts don't think Uber is being overly ambitious. He said advanced manufacturing techniques and efficiencies of scale would contribute to bringing the price down. Instead, the company has partnered with a number of other manufacturers, including Boeing-owned Aurora and Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer to piece the equipment together.

Holden saw Boeing's acquisition, which was announced last month, as a positive sign for Uber's plan.

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