Uber signs deal with NASA to develop ‘flying taxis’

Uber has taken a step forward in its plan to make autonomous ‘flying taxis’ a reality, signing a contract with NASA to develop the software to manage them.

The company’s chief product officer, Jeff Holden, announced the new service contract at Web Summit in Lisbon, alongside its intention to begin testing four-passenger, 200 mph UberAir flying taxi services across Los Angeles in 2020, its second test market in the U.S after Dallas.

Uber said its ‘flying taxi’ service would be purely electric and that a journey that would take 80 minutes by car in rush-hour traffic could be reduced to as little as four minutes.


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