Doubts have emerged about plans by tech giant Uber to test flying cars during the Dubai's Expo 2020 event after the company launched a search for an worldwide city to launch operations. Aurora said it is focusing on autonomous technology.
The announcement of NASA's involvement occurred at Uber's latest Elevate summit, where Uber revealed concept images of what their flying vehicles could look like.
Embraer's tech innovations division, EmbraerX, is working on its first electric VTOL aircraft, the company announced at this year's Uber Elevate Summit. The findings of the simulations will then be used in drafting the industry standards and regulations for the flying taxis, as per Fox43.
Jeff Holden, Uber's chief product officer said the new agreement would combine Uber's "massive-scale engineering expertise with NASA's decades of subject matter experience".
"We've been thrilled by the inbound interest from the global community, and we've now formalized a process whereby interested cities can engage with Uber directly and articulate their views on how uberAIR can positively impact their market and how they can help in launching and scaling the service", said Jeff Holden, Uber's chief product officer.
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A neural network that Google developed two years ago can detect evidence of diabetic retinopathy using just the images of the eye. The company is placing robots in conversations with humans, without those people realizing.
To do this, it has partnerships with NASA and the USA aeronautics agency to create a model for an air-traffic control system, presumably with the idea of preventing the flying taxies from ploughing into each other and various tall buildings, planes and birds.
One was an all-electric multi-rotor aircraft that uses stacked rotors to lift off vertically, but it can travel at more than 186 miles per hour because of its airplane-like body. For now, the project is starting with the NASA-Uber partnership aimed at assessing the impact of a low-altitude small aircraft flying above the congested traffic in Dallas-Fort Worth.
The flying will take vertical takeoffs and land on air stations which will be on the rooftops or the ground. The company has already announced plans to launch its flying taxi service in Dallas and Los Angeles.
As in the case of the Elevate collaboration, NASA and Uber's main concern for the UAM project is that the small aircraft is safely incorporated into busy air traffic. Another example is Virginia's Aurora Flight Sciences, which has been developing electric propulsion technologies for VTOL aircraft for years, including a battery system for DARPA's X-Plane.