Flying taxi test in Los Angeles by 2020: Uber

NASA is working with Uber on its flying taxi project

They anticipate that travelling by flying vehicle will cost app-users as much as if they were to take the trip with Uber X, the company's luxury option.

In one example, Uber's research predicts that an UberAir ride from Los Angeles International Airport to the Staples Center would take less than 30 minutes using UberAir.

"Imagine if you get up in the morning and go on a six-minute flight, versus an hour in a auto and wasting time", Holden said. It is reported that NASA is working with other companies to develop low altitude vehicle traffic management - possibly rival air taxi firms and drone / delivery firms. It expects to offer rides in the flying taxis for prices comparable to its UberX service.

It will begin tests in Los Angeles in 2020, and subsequently Dallas, Fort Worth and Frisco.

Uber dominates the streets and the company hopes to tackle the sky with flying taxis tested by 2020-and they signed a partnership with NASA to do so.

Partnering with government bodies hasn't been Uber's strong suit, although under new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, it's certainly now a priority.

Uber says it will make flying taxis a reality in three years, and its smartphone app can then be used to book a ride on the small, helicopter-like vehicles, flying between "sky ports". By the way, technically, such a vehicle would be more plane than auto.

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The main goal is to make the transportation fast and cheap and it hopes that the service will be ready for commercial operations "several years ahead" of the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles.

Uber Elevate said, about this endeavor, that developing infrastructure would be necessary to get their vertical take-off and landing (VTOL), and potentially autonomous, flying cars to operate seamlessly.

In the Dallas conference last April, CTO Holden talked about also setting up programs in Dallas, Dubai and other cities around the world.

Separately, Uber announced an agreement with Sandstone Properties, a real estate developer with 20 buildings in Los Angeles, to develop its Skyports.

Heldon added, "UberAir will be performing far more flights on a daily basis than it has ever been done before".

Jeff Holden, Uber's chief product officer, told NBC News the agreement with NASA is part of ensuing the program proceeds safely.

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