Uber and NASA signed an agreement
• Uber and NASA signed an agreement
Uber Company and NASA signed an agreement on establishing a network of flying taxi. Uber has announced plans to flight test in Los Angeles in 2020.
Uber stepped forward as part of its intention to make a flying taxi reality, signing a contract with NASA to develop software for their management. Director of production department Uber Jeff Holden said of the decision to the web at the Lisbon summit.
Uber argues that due to the flying taxi ride, which takes by car 80 minutes, will be reduced to four.
"In order to make this project a safe and effective, will require a fundamental change in airspace management technologies. The combination of experience in the development of software Uber with years of experience in space, NASA is an important step to address this issue ", - said Holden.
Uber plans to use both manned and unmanned aerial vehicles. Flying a taxi can be called by the application as usual. Flight tests of the new taxi service is scheduled to begin in 2020 in Los Angeles, and the project is scheduled for launch in 2023.
The experts doubt the success of the project, because the company will have to face a number of serious problems.
"Technically, it is possible, but this does not mean that it is possible from the point of view of opening of air space. There are problems with the way this traffic will be monitored, insured and registered. Uber positions itself as the brand of the future. This may be more a marketing ploy than a real product ", - says the professor at the University of Birmingham David Dunn.