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Uber to provide data support for NASA’s urban air mobility program

Uber Technologies Inc said on Tuesday it signed an agreement with US space agency NASA to explore concepts and technologies needed for passenger and cargo air transportation within an urban area. This is Uber’s second agreement with the space agency. As part of the pact, the ride-hailing company will share data related to its efforts to build flying taxis in 2020 for the development of NASA’s urban air mobility (UAM) program. “Using data from Uber, NASA will use its research facility at the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW)…

Race is on to turn flying car into reality

LE BOURGET, FRANCE: Aeronautics giants are treating the idea of a flying car with caution, as such a project raises more questions than it answers, experts say -- it's a child's dream, a millionaire's toy. But is it really the next big thing in transport? At this year's Paris Air Show, you had to search hard to find an aircraft that looked anything like an automobile: but one such model, the AeroMobil, was tucked away under the old Concordes at the Air and Space Museum, just outside the capital. This strange-looking…

Uber sets ‘flying car’ launch for 2020

SAN FRANCISCO: Uber said on Tuesday it wants to launch a system of flying cars to move people around cities, with a goal of putting demonstration projects in place by 2020. The ridesharing giant announced a series of partnerships to manufacture "vertical takeoff and landing" (VTOL) vehicles and put networks in place, a system dubbed Uber Elevate. The partner cities working with Uber are Dubai and the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolis in Texas. "The goal of these partnerships is to develop a new on-demand VTOL network to…

WATCH: Kitty Hawk launches ‘personal flying machine’

WASHINGTON: A Silicon Valley "flying car" startup, Kitty Hawk, reportedly backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, released a video Monday of its airborne prototype and announced plans for deliveries of a "personal flying machine" this year. "Our mission is to make the dream of personal flight a reality. We believe when everyone has access to personal flight, a new, limitless world of opportunity will open up to them," said a statement on the website of the Kitty Hawk company, based in Google's home town of Mountain View,…

VIDEO: AeroMobil unveils updated version of its flying car

MONTE CARLO, MONACO:  AeroMobil, an advanced engineering company, has unveiled the new model of the AeroMobil Flying Car at Top Marques Monaco, the world’s most exclusive supercar show, which is likely to transform travel by making the flying car a reality. SCROLL DOWN TO WATCH THE LAUNCH VIDEO The AeroMobil Flying Car has been inspired by a desire to give customers true freedom of movement in a vehicle that is both extraordinary and exciting, while also being efficient, and deliver a commercially available flying car in…