Uber said on Wednesday that it has struck a deal with NASA to develop software for managing “flying taxi” that will work much like ride-hailing services it has pioneered on the ground.
Uber said it is the first formal services contract by the US National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) that covers low-altitude airspace rather than outer space. NASA has used such contract to develop rockets since the late 1950s.
Chief Product Officer Jeff Holden also said Uber would begin testing four-passenger, 200-mile-per hour flying taxi services across Los Angeles in 2020, its second test market after Dallas/Fort Worth.
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