The future is right here with us!
The glitzy future of flying cars is almost here — assuming NASA and Uber can figure out how to work together and develop the technology in the next two years.
The two, very different transport firms have announced a partnership to combine their two separate airborne automobile projects, CNBCreports, with a specific goal in mind: to get flying Ubers in the air and safe for passengers in time for the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
But this tight timeline means the Uber/NASA alliance want to be testing vehicles by 2020.
Uber said earlier this year that it was starting work on Uber Elevate, an airborne, driverless car service to give us “on demand aviation”, while NASA has been trying to crack how to manage airborne traffic when it’s hovering just metres off the ground, for drones and the like.
UberAir, the official name of this endeavour, will be tested in Dallas-Fort Worth, Dubai and Los Angeles. The vehicles themselves, if all goes according to plan, will be pilot-less, fly at low altitude and be able to lift off and land vertically. They are intended to save time and make navigating urban areas much easier.
As for pricing, Uber claims hailing a flying cab won’t cost any more than hailing a grounded one. We’ll believe that when see it. After all, we’ve been promised flying cars for years. – DigitalSpy