Under this agreement, Uber will share its plans for implementing an urban aviation rideshare network. This would include funding and research development for a "first stacked co-rotating propeller".
As the fully electric aircraft employs multiple small rotors in place of a single large one, the company claims that is has a significantly quieter performance than conventional helicopters, as well as being more efficient. If one rotor fails, the others will continue to operate for a safe landing. Anyone interested can design their own eVTOL aircraft on the company's website by answering a few questions and picking out preferred features. The high placement of the wings also provides sheltered entry into the cabin. Uber said it was not looking for tax breaks or local incentives, but was keen to work with cities that can work to bring the project to market as quickly as possible.
The taxi and food-delivery company also announced it's re-opening a contest to find an worldwide city in which to launch one of its flying cab services, after delays in Dubai. To do this, NASA will simulate flights in the Dallas-Fort Worth airspace - Dallas and Los Angeles have both agreed to host initial flying Uber tests.
Space Agency said they are experimenting on prototypes at Dallas fort worth global Airport.
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Not to be pinned down by its continuing troubles here on the ground, Uber is pushing ahead with its flying taxi ambitions at its Elevate conference in LA this week.
The body of this air taxi is reminiscent of the fuselage of a plane, rather than a helicopter. A network of small, electric aircraft that take off and land vertically (called VTOL aircraft for Vertical Take-off and Landing, and pronounced vee-tol), will enable rapid, reliable transportation between suburbs and cities and, ultimately, within cities.
According to Engadget, deepening its relationship with NASA was a smart move on Uber's part as it might help expedite the company's plans for its electric flying taxis.
Flying cars were once almost the exclusive domain of tech aphorisms ("You promised us flying cars, but instead we have x."), but now they are actually being put into gear in the form of electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicles.