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This is Uber's first air taxi prototype

09 May, 2018, 00:59 | Author: Tara Roberts
  • This is Uber's first air taxi prototype

The design debuted as part of Uber's Elevate Summit in Los Angeles this week, where it announces partnerships, and partners announce their progress toward the flying auto dream. "While Uber isn't building these vertical takeoff and landing vehicles itself, the company is striking partnerships with manufacturers, battery companies and others who, together with Uber's ride-hailing network, could make it possible to summon a flying taxi via the Uber app". The aircraft will run on electricity, rather than fuel, so it will be quieter, more efficient and less expensive than a traditional helicopter. "We're excited to expand our work with partners and resources available to us through the Elevate partnership, letting us cross-pollinate our ideas with additional team talent, strengthening all applications of our vehicle technology".

Like the company's cab-hailing service, customers would request a flying vehicle using its app.

Khosrowshahi took over a company in crisis when he replaced Travis Kalanick as CEO in August.

"Ambition is what has created this company from the very beginning", Khosrowshahi said. He says in an interview with CBS This Morning that big bold bets are what built Uber.

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Khosrowshahi said he's concentrating not just on correcting the company's past missteps but on making the necessary strides to ensure the company's future growth, including the launch of Uber Air.

He said "what happened in the past was deeply unpleasant and wrong, but the company from a bottoms-up standpoint started changing, and I think it continues apace".

"Using data from Uber, NASA will use its research facility at the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) airport to simulate a small passenger carrying aircraft as it flies through DFW airspace during peak scheduled air traffic, and analyze if these operations would trigger traffic collision advisories", Uber said in a statement.

Golodryga then asked how important it is for Uber to provide a workplace where women employees can feel safe. Uber has partnered with NASA to develop technology to control air traffic and prevent crashes, we're told.

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