Uber is mounting a charm offensive with the US government as it presses ahead with plans to send flying cars into city skies in as little as two years. The technology giant will this week host officials including Donald Trump’s transport chief, and the head of America’s airspace watchdog, at a summit in Los Angeles, at which it hopes to establish itself as a leader in urban flight.
Uber has hired a roster of senior Nasa and aerospace employees in the last year to deliver chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi’s plans for swarms of robot-driven airborne vehicles that transport passengers across cities.. It plans to begin aerial tests in cities including Los Angeles, Dallas and Dubai in 2020..
They haven’t even mastered driverless cars yet. Damned if I’d get in one of their flying taxis.