Uber & NASA join hands for flying taxi project

Nov 10, 2017, 6:37 AM EST
(Source: Automobile Italia/flickr)
(Source: Automobile Italia/flickr)

Uber has teamed up with space agency NASA to source airspace-management technologies as the ride-hailing giant strives to achieve its goal of piloting flying taxis by as early as 2020.

NASA, which has been working on the concept of “urban air mobility” since 2011, will build an air traffic-control system, called UberAir, to help the company manage low-altitude flights, notes Space.com.

The ambitious project faces quite a few challenges, including designing an airspace traffic management system that could allow vertical takeoffs from isolated rooftops without posing a threat to public safety or obstructing commercial aviation, writes Forbes