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Uber to develop flying taxis

MNA Science & Tech Desk: Uber unveiled a partnership with NASA that will see it develop flying taxis priced competitively with standard Uber journeys.

It also announced Los Angeles will join two other previously revealed “UberAIR” pilot schemes in Dallas Fort-Worth, Texas, and Dubai.

California and Texas are the US states with the largest number of cars. Uber wants to “explore other collaboration opportunities with NASA” with a view to open “a new market of urban air mobility,” said a statement.

The first demonstration flights are expected in 2020, moving into commercial operations by 2023 — in plenty of time for the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

An UberAir journey between Los Angeles’ airport and the Staples Center arena, for example, would take 27 minutes — three times less time than the same journey by car.

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