Uber Hires NASA
Engineer for Flying Car Initiative
February 07, 2017
Uber has hired an engineer from the U.S. space agency NASA to work on
its initiative to nurture a flying car industry.
Mark Moore joins the Uber Elevate project, which is aimed at supporting
companies that are developing vehicles, as well as working with
regulators and governments that would be involved in setting rules.
Uber says it sees itself as a "catalyst" and issued a research paper
last year describing its vision for vehicles that most resemble
helicopters, but are quieter and cheaper to operate on a mass scale.
paper said that while Uber's vision of electric aircraft that take off
and land vertically on a network of elevated pads is ambitious, it
believes that can be achieved in the coming decade with the right
Moore told Bloomberg he predicts there will be several prototypes of
flying cars with human pilots within one to three years.
Uber suggests that people might take a conventional Uber ride from their
homes to what it calls a 'vertiport' where they could board the flying
car. That vehicle would then take them to a 'vertiport' near their
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