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Uber and NASA will Launch Flying taxis


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Uber has a partnership with NASA to develop a routing system for unmanned air traffic. (Unmanned Traffic Management-UTM)

Uber said it was the first company to enter into a partnership with NASA to build low-altitude shipping vessels. According to Reuters, the first four-seater ‘flying taxis’ could be tested in Los Angeles by 2020.

The new service called uberAIR is a much cheaper and safer alternative than helicopters.

The company plans to introduce, in 2023, on-duty intra-urban flying taxa and cooperates with aviation regulators in the US and Europe to obtain approvals.

“UberAir will make more flights a day than ever before”, said Jeff Holden, Uber Product Manager. The company will handle the “unmanned traffic management” program while the aircraft will be made by other contractors.