It’s incredible how far technology is taking us. Sounds crazy, but before you know it, you’ll be able to hail a taxi that will fly you to your destination.
Rueters reported that Uber is hoping this will become a reality sooner rather than later. The company recently announced that it will participate in ‘flying taxi’ initiative, partnering up with the United States National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) to create software that will help define routes.
Uber’s part in all that is to start testing the idea of a flying taxi service in the Dallas-Fort Worth region with the next area being Los Angeles; a target date for this has been set at 2020. Flying vehicles will be able to accommodate four people and will travel at about 200 miles per hour.
The idea around flying taxi project will pick up at the beginning of 2023, with Uber planning on offering paid flights within cities at that point. The company also stated that it is working with U.S. and European regulators to turn this concept into reality.
As for NASA, it is already working hard to create driverless air-traffic management systems. It is currently past phase two of a four-phase plan when it comes to technology testing. Phase one and two tested in regions that were sparsely populated, whereas the next two phases will see testing in more populated areas. Uber will begin its partnership with NASA during the final phase, set to start in the spring of 2019.
Uber is currently working on flying taxi networks software and working with partners on this, including Aurora Flight Sciences.
Interestingly enough, those looking to hail a flying taxi would do it the same fashion as hailing an Uber vehicle … that is, through their smartphone device. The company envisions electric jet-powered cars with a variety of small rotors that can handle a vertical landing and takeoff. The flying taxis would also have a variety of elements from drones, fixed-wing aircrafts, as well as helicopters.