Uber struck a deal with the US National Aeronautical and Space Administration (Nasa), as part of its plans to roll out flying cars in cities around the world.
It will work with the space Agency for the development of software for the management of flying-taxi-routes, Uber chief product officer Jeff Holden would go on to the Web Summit in Lisbon.
Nasa is yet to comment on the deal.
Experts questioned whether the plan would ever get off the ground.
Uber has been involved with the legal wranglings around the globe through its app-based taxi service, and hopes to avoid similar lines of planning on his flight.
“We are very much comprising the regulatory authorities and start very early in the discussions about this and get it all aligned with the vision,” said Mr. Holden.
Uber wants to widespread use of electric, on-demand air taxis – part of see far-drone, part fixed-wing aircraft could be ordered via a smartphone app, in the same way as for the road-based taxis.Moon shot?
It is the hope of his airborne ride-sharing service off the ground until 2020, when it plans tests in Dallas and Dubai.
Previously, Nasa has said that it was to develop the work with a variety of companies, the urban air-mobility.
The biggest Problem is how potentially hundreds of thousands of air vehicles, in addition to the existing air-traffic-control-systems.
Prof David Dunn of the University of Birmingham, said there were many hurdles to overcome.
“A lot of companies to consider, and there are a lot of blue sky thinking about how we can add to the air in a way we have not done before,” he told the BBC
“Technologically, it is doable, but that is not to say that it is feasible, in terms of the opening up of the airspace. There are problems about how such transport controls can be insured, and registered.”
He compared the Uber-plans, the airline Pan Am in the 1960s, the number of end customers, promised to the moon in a few years
“Uber is, they associate your brand with a future. This could be more about marketing than a realistic product,” he said.
Uber doesn’t plan to build aircraft, but the software would manage the network. He said it would work with Pipistrel Aircraft and a variety of other companies, which would build a vertical take-off and landing of aircraft.
The company also announced that Los Angeles would be the third city to have a partner who the pilots of the technology.
He said it was the cooperation with the developers of the Sandstone properties in the city to build a rooftop landing pads on the skyscrapers.