Uber has partnered with NASA to research air-traffic management, and will conduct tests of new aerial vehicles in Los Angeles.
Ride-sharing — or should we say fly-sharing — vehicles could zoom through the skies of Los Angeles as soon as 2020.
Uber unveiled today an agreement with NASA that advances the company’s plan to bring flying vehicles to major US cities. The agreement with the space agency aims to develop traffic management systems for unmanned aerial vehicles. It was signed on Jan. 26 and allocates funds up to $100,162 over five years.
Speaking at the Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal, Uber chief product officer Jeff Holden said the vehicles could carry four passengers and fly at a top speed of 200 mph.
“We are very much embracing the regulatory bodies and starting very early in discussions about this and getting everyone aligned with the vision,” Holden said, according to Reuters.
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.
LA Mayor Eric Carcetti said in a statement: “LA is the perfect testing ground for this new technology, and I look forward to seeing it grow in the coming years.”
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