Coming in the future to a city near you: flying taxis.
It’s not a sci-fi thing and it’s called uberAIR.
The tech company has partnered with NASA to help it develop air traffic management systems for its flying taxi initiatives, according to chief product officer Jeff Holden.
The four-person, unmanned aerial ridesharing flights, won’t become a reality anytime soon, but Holden says there are plans for demos coming to Los Angeles in 2020. Uber previously announced Dallas, Texas and Dubai as other partner cities.
Dr. Parimal Kopardekar is the manager of NASA’s Safe Autonomous Systems Operations Project and he weighed in on the possibility of real live flying taxis.
“A convergence of a number of technologies is still needed. But, if you look at history, it’s transformative. Cars were transformative. Jet propulsion and transoceanic flights were transformative. This is one of those transformative actions that can happen if you’re looking at autonomous cars as a transformative leap.”
Kopardekar was a guest on McIntyre in the Morning.
Sharon Reardon, KABC News