Is Dubai still on Uber's radar for flying taxis?

Is Dubai still on Uber's radar for flying taxis?

From flying taxis to package delivery drones, the project's ultimate goal is to build the foundations of a small aircraft transport system destined for both passengers and cargo.

If things will go well for the project, Uber and NASA could commercially launch the flying taxis in 2023. Uber will share information and data from the development of this program (Uber Air), and NASA will look for any added potential risks in crowded areas through simulations.

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The ride-sharing company unveiled its latest research and plans at the second annual Uber Elevate Summit this week.

Uber launched its Elevate programme in October 2016.

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Dallas and Los Angeles were previously announced as the first two launch cities, and Uber is now seeking an worldwide city as the third partner.

"We think cities are going to go vertical in terms of transportation and we want to make that a reality", Dara Khosrowshahi told CBS News. The flying cars are expected to conduct vertical takeoffs and landings from skyports, air stations on rooftops or the ground.

Using its knowledge of rider habits and current rider activity, Uber believes it can create an air taxi service that, until now, has been something in sci-fi movies: buzzing drone-like vehicles flying all over the skies.

At the most recent conference, Uber also announced an open call for the selection of its first worldwide UberAIR launch city. The company said it plans to start demonstrations of its flying taxi service in 2020 with pilots in Dubai, Dallas, and Los Angeles.

"NASA is excited to be partnering with Uber and others in the community to identify the key challenges facing the UAM market, and explore necessary research, development and testing requirements to address those challenges", said Shin. The event - held for the first time in Dallas a year ago - brings together vehicle manufacturers, regulators, investors, technology suppliers, and federal & local policy makers to explore the future of urban aviation.

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