Uber unveils flying taxi prototype ahead of annual Elevate Summit

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The company, which is hosting its second Uber Elevate summit in Los Angeles showed off the newest renderings of its planned sky taxis. While Uber isn't building these vertical takeoff and landing vehicles itself, the company is striking partnerships with manufacturers, battery companies and others that, together with Uber's ride-hailing network, could make it possible to summon a flying taxi via the Uber app.

At this year's summit, Uber unveiled yet another flying vehicle concept, this one being a four-passenger vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) fixed-wing aircraft, with vertical rotors fixed to those wings, giving an overall design that's not dissimilar to the quadcopters that have become popular in recent years.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi told CBS This Morning that he'd like the taxis to accommodate four passengers to help make them affordable for "normal people".

Ultimately, Uber wants to make its service, to be known as Uber Air, a drone-based system that won't require pilots. The flying cars have four rotors mounted on wings.

Over the next few years, Uber will calibrate the price for its air taxi service to accommodate what the company says will eventually amount to several million rides a day. Jeff Holden, Uber's chief product officer, explained the flying taxi lifts off much like a helicopter but has two additional rotors to help it move forward.

The electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicle prototype unveiled on Tuesday resembles a helicopter with five propellers distributed around the aircraft.

Uber and the Army's Research, Development and Engineering command said in a statement.

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He also addressed Uber's sexual-harassment issues, which led to last year's ouster of Uber's previous CEO, Travis Kalanick.

While Khosrowshahi is focused on the future, the company is still navigating a troubled past including a March accident involving a self-driving Uber with a safety driver behind the wheel that killed a pedestrian.

As small aircraft enter the marketplace, NASA wants to ensure they do so safely, with acceptable levels of noise, and without burdening the current national air traffic control system.

"If it's not changed right now, then I failed".

He said it's "game over" if the company can't provide a workplace where female employees feel safe.

The Army is increasingly turning to partnerships with private companies to research advanced technology, Riddick said in an interview.

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