NASA is working with Uber on its flying taxi project

UberAIR will cost the same as Uber X at launch                  Uber

UberAIR will cost the same as Uber X at launch Uber

Uber aims to begin testing four-passenger taxis flying at 200-miles-per hour in Los Angeles by 2020.

Uber is aiming to test the four-passenger, 200 miles per hour flying taxi services across LA in 2020, its second test market after Dallas/Fort Worth.

To prevent above-ground gridlock, the company will use new air traffic management technology developed by NASA.

Eric Garcetti, mayor of LA, said the city is the "perfect" place to test the new service.

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Earlier this year, Uber contacted authorities in Dubai and the Dallas-Fort Worth area in order to test its flying taxis in those regions. While all ride hailing services are a bit expensive compared to public transport, Uber's air service is only expected to cost about the same as a ride with UberX. Then, there's the lack of infrastructure fundamental for their support.

The ride sharing company is working with aviation regulators in the United States and Europe to win approvals toward that end, Holden told Reuters.

The partnership, announced today at WebSummit in Lisbon, is not beyond Uber's personal ambitions either. Uber is also hoping to have commercial operations ready in time for the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles.

It hopes the futuristic aircraft will be ready for demonstration flights by 2020.

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He said that NASA's expertise in unmanned aerial systems traffic management can help come up with solutions for managing an "unprecedented" number of flying aircrafts in cities.

If it all works, the payoff would be a new supply or revenue for the company, and hopefully less stressful rush-hour commutes for consumers.

Uber claims a trip from LAX to the Staples Centre - a 41 minute journey by road - will take under 30 minutes in one of its flying cabs. It was finding someone who could develop a business case to build a whole ecosystem supporting flying cars and make the expense of developing the technology worthwhile.

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