In hopes of possibly transporting its commuters with flying cars, Uber hires a NASA veteran engineer to lead research into the technology.
Uber hopes of fulfilling its possible foal of transporting future commuters with flying cars, and has hired a former NASA veteran engineer, Mark Moore, to lead the research into the technology.
The Flying Cars Idea
Uber wants to ease the traffic issue in the future by looking into the possibility of creating fleets of flying cars. It has officially hired the former NASA veteran engineer, Mark Moore, as the director of engineering for aviation.
Moore is expected to work on what is called the Vertical Take-Off and Landing technology (VTOL). In theory, the vehicles would take off vertically and would use “fixed-wing designs” to save energy while flying. Uber is also envisioning “helipad-style stations” to drop off and pick up their passengers.
Uber estimates that a 57-mile trip from San Jose to San Fransisco, which would usually take around an hour and 40 minutes at the cost of $111, could possibly take 15 minutes in the new aircraft and cost $129. However, they say that over time the price could drop to as low as $20.
Given that this would require large-scale development of the technology, regulation changes and pilot training, the reality of flying Uber cars is still years away. However, Uber has taken the first steps to making it possible.
Uber’s Statement About the Idea
Uber’s head of product, Jeff Holden, announced the idea last year, saying, “it could change cities and how we work and live.”
“We want to offer our customers as many options as possible to move around. “
About joining Uber, Moore said: “I can’t think of another company in a stronger position to be the leader for this new ecosystem and make the urban electric VTOL market real.”