Uber has roped in NASA engineer Mark Moore as director of engineering for aviation for Uber Elevate which is an initiative to develop short-range flying cars to aid urban transport. Moore was advanced aircraft engineer at NASA’s Langley Research Center and has spend 30 years there. Moreover Moore had written his own white paper in 2010, on the subject of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircrafts which helped him to get this job.
According to Moore these vehicles will become a reality in the next three years, although he believes that human operators will be required for some time initially. There are some hurdles as well in this endeavor like certification, battery life, safety, and air traffic control but this will not solve the problem as then there will be considerations like cost, emissions, training, and infrastructure.
Uber is not alone to enter this arena there are several other companies that are working towards making flying taxi a reality. Google’s Larry Page has two startups in the area, and Airbus has the Vahana project.