Uber and the Army's Research, Development and Engineering command said in a statement that they will be building prototypes for a rotor system and testing them. The rotor system is expected to have two stacked rotors that use software to rotate in the same direction will be used in a vehicle that would take-off and land vertically. Uber and the Army have stated that this approach has not been used in a producing aircraft and they hope that it leads to a novel, quieter system. The costs for the development and testing of the prototype are expected to be around $1 million.
Uber's partnership with NASA, the United States space agency, aims to develop software that will enable the management of a large number of aircrafts over cities. Uber will be sharing its data from its plans to develop flying taxis by 2020 with NASA, who will begin simulating whether a small passenger aircraft traveling over a cities airspace trigger traffic collision advisories. The simulation will occur over the DFW (Dallas-Fort Worth) airport during peak scheduled air traffic.
Uber also unveiled on Tuesday it's new flying car prototype, which has stacked co-roating rotors and is expected to fly at an elevation of 1,000 to 2,000 feet. This prototype, which Uber hopes to begin using in an aerial taxi service by 2023, will be powered by electricity.
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