Uber unveils flying taxi models

Uber unveils flying taxi models

Uber unveils flying taxi models

Uber ahead of its second annual Uber Elevate Summit in Los Angeles on Tuesday has unveiled a prototype for its autonomous flying taxi of the future.

The Uber logo is displayed on a screen during the Women In The World Summit in New York City, U.S., April 12, 2018. The video depicts a woman booking an UberAir through the app, heading up to an Uber "skyport" at the top of a building, and then sharing her ride with three other passengers while gazing down at the bumper-to-bumper freeway below.

"We want to create the network around those vehicles so that regular people can take these taxis in the air for longer distances when they want to avoid traffic at affordable prices", Khosrowshahi told CBS News.

"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 Jaiwon Shin, associate administrator for NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. Early iterations will be piloted but eventually, Uber aims to let the aircraft fly autonomously. After rising in the air, two of the rotors flip to a horizontal position to push the winged hybrid craft forward at speeds of up to 200 miles per hour.

Uber Elevate taxis will be requested via mobile phones, just as rides through the Uber transportaiton service are now, Khosrowshahi said in an interview on television today. Jeff Holden, Uber's chief product officer, explained the flying taxi lifts off much like a helicopter but has two additional rotors to help it move forward. It's more or less a giant drone with a cockpit for passengers that'll be powered by a series of rotors and propellers.

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He also addressed Uber's sexual-harassment issues, which led to last year's ouster of Uber's previous CEO, Travis Kalanick.

"Ambition is what has created this company from the very beginning", Khosrowshahi said. The company found that its self-driving feature was at fault when one of its cars killed a pedestrian in March. "We want to make that a reality".

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".

He said it's "game over" if the company can't provide a workplace where female employees feel safe.

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