The company also announced that Los Angeles would be the third city, following Dallas-Fort Worth and Dubai, in which the service would be tested.
"To solve the problem of soul-destroying traffic, roads must go 3-D, which means either flying cars or tunnels". But if Uber has its way, that could happen a lot sooner.
"At scale, we expect UberAIR will perform tens of thousands of flights each day across the city - at those levels, all the time savings will have a noticeable positive impact on the region's economy", he added.
Until now, Uber has sought to investigate flying cars with mixed results. The traffic-laden city is the second city in the U.S., following Dallas-Fort Worth, to be selected as a test bed for UberAir's network of air taxis.
A fanciful concept for so long, there are now some big names pumping serious money into the development of flying cars. There's also Volocopter, which successfully tested a flying vehicle in Dubai back in September of this year.
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The agreement funds phase 4 of work, which involves testing the service over high-density urban areas in March 2019.
Uber has put up an intriguing video on its social media with the caption 'Want to experience what it will be like to push a button and get a flight with uberAIR?
NASA's reportedly working with other companies to develop traffic management for these vehicles.
After using her smartphone to pass through a turnstile, the user is briefly weighed before being let to an aircraft that resembles a cross between a plane and a helicopter with fixed wings and tilt-prop rotors.
The DeLorean DR-7 is the latest entry into the flying vehicle segment, or it will be when it arrives in late 2018. The software is dubbed Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Traffic Management, UTM for short.
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Rather than offering the service as a luxury product (trips to Coachella Valley from Los Angeles cost passengers $4,170 each way), Uber envisions UberAir as a commuter option, with fares comparable to taking an UberX auto ride.
The target date of 2028 isn't random, however.
"UberAir will be performing far more flights on a daily basis than it has ever been done before".
Terrafugia's TF-X prototype is already flying. The latter is especially key given the number of aircraft that will be needed and the amount of air traffic that will create. Moore was formerly NASA's chief technologist for on-demand mobility, so the agreement with NASA will likely have been the end result of conversations that started months ago. One would operate out of, or at least adjacent to, LAX, the city's busy airport. But it would take just four minutes to recharge it. Ride-sharing service Uber wants to change that in a way no one could have predicted 50 years ago.
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