Uber, NASA work on software to build flying taxis

UberAir will be piloted in Los Angeles, as well as Dubai and Dallas Fort-Worth in Texas.

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Uber, NASA work on software to build flying taxis UberAir will be piloted in Dubai.
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  November 9, 2017

Uber is planning to dominate the transport world by developing flying taxis in collaboration with space agency NASA.

Both Uber and the U.S National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) will develop software to feature in aerial taxi services covering low altitudes.

In an official statement, the ride-hailing company said the project is part its "vision to enable customers in the future to push a button and get a high-speed flight in and around cities.

"Uber's participation in NASA's UTM (Unmanned Traffic Management) Project will help the company's goal of starting demonstration flights of UberAIR in select US cities by 2020."

The project will see the development of a traffic control system to manage the autonomous aircrafts. The first set of demonstrations are expected to begin in 2020, with talks of commercial operations to begin in 2023. Plus, Uber aims to have the service fully functioning in 2028 for the Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

Uber's chief product officer Jeff Holden said: "Technology will allow LA residents to literally fly over the city's historically bad traffic."

UberAir will be piloted in Los Angeles, as well as Dubai and Dallas Fort-Worth in Texas.

Related: New four-seat flying taxi proposed for Dubai

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