At this year's summit, Uber unveiled yet another flying vehicle concept, this one being a four-passenger vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) fixed-wing aircraft, with vertical rotors fixed to those wings, giving an overall design that's not dissimilar to the quadcopters that have become popular in recent years. The flying cars are expected to conduct vertical takeoffs and landings from skyports, air stations on rooftops or the ground. The announcement came at a company conference in Los Angeles this week (Financial Times, may be behind paywall). Those propellers are positioned on wings that are located far above the passenger bay, so riders don't have to duck the blades when they get in and out.
The aircraft design can accommodate up to four passengers, and while it will be piloted by humans at first, it will eventually fly autonomously at an elevation of 1,000 to 2,000 feet (300-600 metres).
Uber expects the vehicle, which could carry up to four passengers, to fly at speeds up to 200 miles per hour at an elevation of 1,000 to 2,000 feet.
Last year, Uber chief product officer Jeff Holden was quoted as saying the company was also working with real estate companies in Dubai to build landing pads for the flying cars.
The agreement between NASA and Uber took place in Los Angeles.
Full-size design models of Uber's flying taxi.
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The aim is to offer a solution to modern day congestion in urban areas, and Uber hopes to start demonstrations of the technology in 2020 before commercial trips begin in 2023.
As the Inquisitr previously reported, Uber and NASA are now working together to figure out how the Elevate vehicles can operate safely while flying at low altitude.
Slovenia-based Pipistrel (now Pipistrel Vertical Solutions) used the Elevate summit to unveil a concept of its aircraft.
Uber also announced that it signed an agreement with NASA to share its plans for implementing its flying rideshare network.
May 08-NASA and Uber will team up to study and develop a safe and efficient method for future delivery drone and small passenger aircraft operations in crowded populated areas, the two announced Tuesday, May 8.