Uber And A NASA Engineer Are Set To Design Flying Cars
The sky’s the limit! But, it’s not off limits. News has come out that Uber has hired a NASA engineer who specializes in aircrafts to help them begin the process of developing flying cars! Yes, you read that right, the future is officially here. In a very short amount of time Uber managed to turn the transportation industry on it’s head – forcing a revolution of sorts – and now it looks like they have their sights set to the horizon.
Mark Moore has just joined the team over at Uber Elevate as Director of Engineering. Elevate will essentially be the Uber of the skies. Mark spent some time working as a advanced aircraft engineer at NASA. Moore had a hand in jumpstarting the world’s current interest in vertical takeoffs and landing aircraft for use in short haul, urban flights.
Uber said the goal is to have a series of networks full of small vehicles that have the ability to take off and land vertically. They want them to be electrically powered, with ranges of between 50 and 100 miles on a single charge. They also hope the system can operate fully autonomously. Moore suggested that there will be plenty of others jumping in to compete for market share in the area of airborne, on demand ride services, but he believes the majority will have human pilots for now.
Google’s Larry Page and AirBus are exploring the technology as well with their Vahana Project. Regardless of who’s doing it, all the players in the game generally hold the same ideal. Roads? Where we’re goin, we don’t need roads.