Uber is again trying to revolutionize the transporting world and now it is not on the streets anymore . This is fascinating development and if it becomes successful may be we can find a solution for the lingering traffic woes across the world. The NASA man credited with writing the most influential paper on flying cars and its feasibility as an urban transport vehicle, back in 2010, is joining Uber to change our daily commute forever.
Uber gave the most serious signal yet of intent amongst big companies trying to launch a flying taxi to conquer traffic jams once and for all. The startup headed by Travis Kalanick hired Mark Moore, a veteran NASA engineer, from prying eyes and ever ready claws of Google and Airbus — the other big companies trying to launch their own flying car. Moore is known among the technorati for writing the definitive 2010 paper exploring the feasibility of helicopter-like flying vehicles for short-haul urban flight.
Mark Moore will join as the Director of Engineering at Uber Elevate, the company’s project exploring on-demand airborne drives. The veteran NASA engineer very well knows there are several obstacles in the way before we all hail a flying Uber taxi, but he strongly believes that Uber with its 55 million active riders is uniquely placed to demonstrate that flying taxis can be safe and profitable. “If you don’t have a business case that makes economic sense, than all of this is just a wild tech game and not really a wise investment,” Moore was quoted in a Bloomberg report.
So what made Mark Moore walk away from NASA with just one year before he’s eligible for retirement, foregoing a substantial amount of his pension and free medical insurance for life? He believes in Uber’s vision for VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) vehicles for commute is an intriguing one and wants to make a difference !!.
Uber wants to build “vertiports” in residential neighbourhoods and transport people from their homes to these transport terminals atop buildings and terraces. Flying taxis will take-off vertically and land the same way to pick and drop commuters, and their range will be between 50 to 100 miles. Mark Moore believes that several flying car concepts will bear fruition in the coming three years, with or without human pilots.
While there’s no word from Google’s yet, Airbus is gearing up to test its autonomous flying taxi later this year and take the first step towards making traffic blocks a history. If successful, Airbus’ Project Vahana is expected to have a final production grade version of the autonomous flying urban taxi for short, intra-city trips available by 2021!\
So guys exciting times are ahead . The days are not far when you can fly to your office and back . Haven’t you dreamt about the same even though mine was to trot on a stallion to office.
bof action content_between_related_articles