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UberAir looking at self-flying vehicles -- by 2020

09 November 2017, 12:57 | Bernard Bryant

Uber plans to launch UberAIR in LA in 2020. Uber

Uber plans to launch UberAIR in LA in 2020.                  Uber

"Technology will allow LA residents to literally fly over the city's historically bad traffic, giving them time back to use in far more productive ways", Holden said, according to USA Today. The two have signed a Space Act Agreement, which will see Uber work together with federal agency and its other partners to make flying vehicles at a low altitude safe and viable. Chief Product Officer Jeff Holden told Reuters his vision is to create a new ride-sharing in the sky industry of on-demand taxis ordered from your phone.

Ride-share giant Uber said Wednesday it's helping to plan an air traffic control network for self-flying vehicles, and that the system could be operational in just three years.

Holden also announced that Los Angeles had been added to the list of test cities with Dallas-Fort Worth and along with Dubai.

At the Web Summit tech conference in Lisbon, Portugal, Uber announced that it has signed a deal with NASA in order to develop traffic systems for its flying auto project that it hopes to finally get off the ground in 2020. Uber intends to have some form of its air service operational for the 2028 LA Olympics, but experts remain sceptical as to whether autonomous flying taxis will ever become a reality.

Most notably, the aircraft and the supporting infrastructure envisioned by the company does not exist yet. Though no prices have been set, the company expects a flying ride cost's to be comparable to an UberX trip.

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Uber released a video showing how it's all supposed to work.

Alex Comisar, Garcetti's press secretary, said discussions with the company operating the technology in the city are in the preliminary stages. "LA is the ideal testing ground for this new technology and I look forward to seeing it grow in the coming years".

Instead of tackling the building of actual aircraft, Uber will develop the technology that manages flying vehicles and navigates air traffic. After all, we've been promised flying cars for years.

In its presentation, Uber showed how a 16-mile ride in an Uber vehicle from Los Angeles International Airport to the Staples Center downtown would usually take about an hour and 20 minutes.

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