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Uber hopes to make congested Los Angeles traffic bearable with flying taxi services from the airport. As Wired reported in April when Uber announced its 2020 goal, there's a lot standing in the company's way before it can become the ride-sharing king of the sky.
UberAir-the official name of this endeavor-will be tested in Dallas-Fort Worth, Dubai, and Los Angeles.
In interviews with the United States media overnight, including Bloomberg, Jeff Holden, Uber's chief product officer, confirmed the ride-hailing company had signed an agreement to work with NASA on "unmanned traffic management" systems.
Holden said LA residents would be using the service regularly by the time the city hosts 2028 Olympics.
"UberAir will be performing far more flights on a daily basis than has ever been done before".
Uber revealed on Wednesday more advanced plans for flying cars that help commuters beat urban traffic jams in jets that can take off and land vertically. The aircraft would differ from helicopters in that they would be quieter, safer, more affordable and more environmentally friendly, according to the company.
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The taxis will fly at about 200 miles per hour, according to Reuters.
Uber released a video showing how it's all supposed to work.
Los Angeles will be the company's third test city.
The idea of flying cars isn't new, of course, but has been very slow to catch on - much slower than past generations had imagined.
Uber Elevate said, about this endeavor, that developing infrastructure would be necessary to get their vertical take-off and landing (VTOL), and potentially autonomous, flying cars to operate seamlessly.
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 auto.
Unveiling an artist's impression of the sleek, futuristic electric aircraft at a technology conference in Lisbon, Portugal, the ride-hailing app announced it had struck a deal with NASA to develop new air traffic control software that could help it manage the thousands of aircraft flying over cities.