Dallas, Los Angeles set to test Uber flying taxi service in three years.
The age of flying cars may come in three years, if Uber’s projections are correct. TechCrunch reports that the ridesharing pioneer has selected two cities for their first aviation project: Dallas and Los Angeles.
Uber is working with NASA to bring their vision of air taxis to life, wanting to bring test flights to the skies by 2020. While the company has the vision of transporting local customers through the skies, they will not be involved in the actual manufacturing of facilities or aircraft. According to a USA Today report, a property developer will work to develop “Skyports,” while five aviation companies are all competing to build the vertical take-off and landing aircraft needed by the company.
“UberAir will be performing far more flights on a daily basis than it has ever been done before,” Uber chief product officer Jeff Holden announced in a statement to TechCrunch. “Combining Uber’s software engineering expertise with NASA’s decades of airspace experience to tackle this is a crucial step forward for Uber Elevate.”
The project, named Uber Elevate, was originally announced in 2016, which was quickly followed by an Airbus division announcing their work to develop “autonomous flying cars” which could be used as air taxis. Uber’s goal is to have their air taxi service operational in time for the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, offering locals and tourists an alternative to traditional ground transportation.
While the ridesharing giant’s work with NASA is a major progressive step forward, Uber is still working to distance themselves from previous issues in 2017. In August, Uber drivers were found manipulating systems to trigger surge pricing and lost their license to operate in London in September.