We all know about the popular and reliable taxi services given by Uber. Now Uber is going one step more, Uber is taking part in a joint industry and government push with NASA to develop software which the company aims to use to manage “flying taxi” routes, which will similarly work like company’s on road services in different countries.
Uber is planning to introduce paid, intra-city flying-taxi services from 2023 and now, working with aviation regulators in the United States and Europe to win approvals toward that end, Holden said.
To make Flying Taxi services, a Reality, Uber is doing a lot of work.
Earlier in 2017, Uber hired ex-Scientist of NASA, Mark Moore and Tom Prevot to manage the design of aircraft vehicle and its air traffic management software programme, that we mentioned earlier. Moore has a working experience of 32 years in NASA, and in these years he pioneered its electric jet propulsion project. And Uber has all interest in this technology, as it going to be the core tech, by which the services of Flying Taxi can be possible.
Uber envisions a fleet of electric jet-powered vehicles – part helicopter, part drone and part fixed-wing aircraft – running multiple small rotors capable of both vertical take off and landing and rapid horizontal flight.
The important and valuable part of this agreement with NASA is the aim to solve issues involved in operating thousands of driverless aircraft over populated areas and allow them to work with a perfect coordination. Uber is making software to manage services in the sky of flying taxis and working with manufacturers including Boeing owned, Aurora Flight Sciences.
It has also signed up Embraer, Mooney, Bell Helicopter, and Pipistrel Aircraft to develop new vertical takeoff and landing aircraft for the services.
That deal calls for Uber to be involved during phase 4 of this project work, which is scheduled to begin in March 2019, NASA said.
Phase 1, NASA said, already completed in 2015, involved field tests and ongoing testing at a U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) site for drones used in agriculture, fire-fighting and pipeline monitoring. Phase 2, in 2016 considered long distance uses in sparsely populated regions, while Phase 3, to be tested in 2018, it includes testing the services over moderately populated areas, and finally Phase 4, it is testing in high-density urban areas in 2019.
Uber is looking to speed development of a new industry of electric, on-demand, urban air taxis, Holden said, which customers could order up via smartphone in similar way as it was done for the taxi-services available now.
We can expect the flying taxi services soon.