Uber to test flying taxi in Los Angeles, demo flights scheduled for 2020


San Francisco, Nov 9: In a bid to ease traffic problem, Ride-hailing app Uber has announced that it will commence its ambitious flying taxi project in Los Angeles by 2020. 

According to Xinhua news agency,When Uber’s Chief Product Officer Jeff Holden on Wednesday revealed the plan at the Web Summit, a technology conference in Lisbon, the company also posted a 100-second-long video clip advertising the flying taxi project named ‘Elevate’.

The  video depicts a working mother books a flight through her Uber app and goes to a “skyport” on the roof of a nearby building. After her order code is scanned in her cell phone, she gets into an Uber flying taxi, a plane-helicopter hybrid aircraft with fixed wings and tilt prop-rotors.

The flying taxi takes the woman back to another “roof airport”, where an Uber vehicle taxi is waiting for her. Without any hassle she returns home to her children.

The firm predicted that a one-and-a-half hour car journey from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to the Lakers’ home court Staples Centre could take less than 30 minutes using a combination of flying cars and regular cars.

Not only this, Holden said travelling in flying taxi would be cheaper  than your own car.

With this announcement Los Angeles, became the third county that would be working with Uber on the programme after Dallas-Fort Worth and Dubai.

“Los Angeles is one of the most congested cities in the world today,” said Holden.

“They essentially have no mass transit infrastructure. This type of approach allows us to very inexpensively deploy a mass transit method that actually doesn’t make traffic worse”, he added.

Holden also statedt Uber has signed a Space Act Agreement with NASA to establish a brand-new air traffic control system to manage these low-flying, possibly autonomous air planes.

Wefornews Bureau 

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