Uber was scheduled to meet with US transportation and safety officials this week at its second annual Elevate Summit. It's a world where passengers request an Uber Air on their phone, then head to rooftop sky ports where the aircraft take off. The flying uber can take-off and land vertically thanks to four rotors.
Uber already has a partnership with NASA, the US government space agency, to develop software for managing large numbers of aircraft over cities, Moore said. Flying cars give Uber an opportunity to plan optimistically for the future, while its other foray into futuristic vehicles faces significant challenges. Uber say its flying taxis will be able to fly between San Francisco and San Jose, California in just fifteen minutes-a trip that takes almost two hours by vehicle in rush-hour traffic. A single rotor on the tail will move the flying vehicle forward.
"The new space act agreement broadening Uber's partnership with NASA is exciting, because it allows us to combine Uber's massive-scale engineering expertise with NASA's decades of subject matter experience across multiple domains that are key to enabling urban air mobility, starting with airspace systems", said Jeff Holden, Uber's chief product officer. Uber also said for the program to become profitable it will need to move beyond a niche market. Last year, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera's office released a finding estimating that 45,000 Uber and Lyft drivers are operating in the city, leading to gridlock caused by the extra vehicles.
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. Its autonomous auto program has stalled, following a fatal collision with a pedestrian in March.
"What I'm doing is a top-to-bottom audit of our procedures, training, software, hardware, what our practices are", he said. "We want to get back on the road but we want to be safe when we get back on the road".
The Army is increasingly turning to partnerships with private companies to research advanced technology, Riddick said in an interview.