Uber is now in talks with NASA to figure out how to manage air traffic at a height below 10,000 feet.
- According to some experts, the most we'll see of flying cars in the next 10 years will be concept vehicles, prototypes, and recreational models.
- Uber Spain's director, however, said the company will be able to offer clients fully functional flying taxi services by 2023.
- Flying taxis could be a handy solution to traffic jams, allowing traffic instead to move through the sky.
- Uber has signed two Space Act Agreements with NASA to jointly investigate how to ensure that, in future, urban air traffic is managed safely and efficiently.
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With the promise of fewer traffic jams and delays with public transport, flying taxis could be the perfect solution to a growing problem.
According to some experts, the most we'll see of flying cars in the next 10 years will be concept vehicles, prototypes, and recreational models.
This makes the chances of a global taxi service that implement vehicles like these before 2030 seem pretty slim, but speaking with Business Insider, Uber Spain's director, Juan Galiardo, confirmed that the company's flying cars will be available to customers in 2023.
The company stressed that it isn't going to be the launch of a prototype; by 2023, the company wants to have produced a fully functioning product that will allow users to escape traffic jams through flying through the sky.
Though the launch will be primarily centered around Los Angeles and Dallas, Galiardo underlined that the company is looking to expand the presence of its air taxis to the rest of the world, especially in "megalopolis" cities where "it's hell to get to work".
In conjunction with this announcement, the company also outlined its new strategy aimed at incentivizing businesses to make use of Uber, both through the company's Uber Central app as well as through the company's Uber Vouchers scheme.
Uber has signed two Space Act Agreements with NASA to jointly investigate how to ensure that, in future, urban air traffic is managed safely and efficiently.
The air taxi project is called Uber Elevate, but since July, Uber has been offering helicopter trips between JFK airport and Manhattan.
The eight-minute journey can be booked through the app for around $200 per person, a trip that would normally take an hour by car — possibly two in the event of a traffic jam.