Uber Wants to Bring On-Demand Flying Taxis to LA

Uber Wants to Bring On-Demand Flying Taxis to LA

By the time the Olympics come to Los Angeles in 2028, Uber's Chief Product Officer Jeff Holden said in a press release that he expects the service to be commercially available and already in "heavy use" by Los Angeles residents.

Uber and NASA have inked a deal that could put a fleet of flying taxis in the air by 2020.

In the midst of its many scandals, Uber is moving ahead with its flying auto project, known as Elevate.

Ride-sharing - or should we say fly-sharing - vehicles could zoom through the skies of Los Angeles as soon as 2020. Science fiction has taught us that the future isn't complete without flying cars, but solving today's problems of urban mobility will probably involve a solution other than simply taking traffic off the streets and moving it into the air above. So it's encouraging to hear that Uber is going to connect its obvious business strengths with NASA's effort to create a framework for managing and overseeing traffic of low altitude flyers. The upshot is that Uber customers could one day order a shared flight just like they order an UberX cab - and for a similar price.

Uber first revealed plans for a flying taxi service, which it calls Uber Elevate, in a 97-page white paper previous year. It seems Uber is now counting on its partnership with NASA to alleviate that concern by working with the agency on Unmanned Traffic Management and Unmanned Aerial Systems projects.

The company is not intending to build any flying taxis itself but has previously announced partnerships with five aircraft manufacturers to lead the development and manufacturing of the necessary VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) aircraft.

It is the first time that has formally partnered with a federal US agency. The nation's ride-sharing giant wants to begin test flights of a prototype flying auto in Los Angeles in 2020 and hopes to put it into commercial service by 2028.

To develop the infrastructure, such as takeoff and landing hubs, Uber will partner with Sandstone Properties, a real-estate investment company. "Like literally pushing a button and getting a flight becomes cheaper than driving your own auto, seriously", said Jeff Holden the Chief Product Officer for Uber. So, why, exactly, in this futuristic concept of what life with working VTOLs is like, did Uber shoot this scene?