Uber wants wings
Uber is getting some kind of lift off for its planned flying cars service. The ride-hailing giant has just cut a deal with NASA to get its craft airborne and is looking to launch test vehicles in Dallas and Los Angeles by 2020.
Uber still needs regulatory approval to get its wings and has partnered with NASA, which is looking to develop new traffic concepts for safe robotic flights.
In April this year, Uber allied with Aurora Flight Sciences to develop electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft for its Uber Elevate service – and Aurora has since been acquired by Boeing.
The car-ride company is looking to develop a fleet of small aircraft to provide aviation on-demand services, with Aurora slated to deliver 50 aircraft for testing by the 2020 deadline.
Also in the mix for Uber is Dubai where it wants to trial Uber Elevate. There it has some competition in the form of German start-up Volocopter, which has just completed a successful trial in Dubai with its Volocopter 2X autonomous aircraft.