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Uber will launch an urban air travel service in Los Angeles in 2020

The Uber transport platform announced today that in 2020 it will begin testing its urban air travel service, which it will baptize as uberAIR, in the US city of Los Angeles. Angels

Lisbon, Nov 8 (EFE) .- The Uber transport platform announced today that in 2020 it will start testing its urban air travel service, which it will baptize as uberAIR, in the American city of Los Angeles.

The new service was presented today with great expectation at the Web Summit in Lisbon, where the Uber product manager, Jeff Holden, showed the design of the devices that will offer these routes, very similar to helicopters but totally electric and quieter.

They will be tested in Los Angeles, the second zone The most populous city in the United States, said Holden, who pointed out that the price of the trip will be similar to that of the current UberX service.

UberAIR, he explained, is mainly thought of to share trips, as is already the case with the UberPOOL modality, and to do so with cabins that will have capacity for four passengers.

"It is the beginning of the end of the cars individual, "said Holden, who considered that in the future only personal cars will be bought" for hobby reasons ".

Uber has already maintained contacts with important companies that they can invest in this business model, not only to develop the aircraft but to have areas that act as heliports.

In addition, it has reached an agreement with NASA for the development of the Management of Unmanned Aerial Space (UTM) and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS).

This collaboration, explains the company, "will facilitate safe and efficient operations of UAS at low altitude" and also "will help the company to operate the first flights of uberAIR".

"This is the Uber's first collaboration with a government agency with the aim of operating a global air mobility network, "added the company.

The presentation, one of the most applauded of the Web Summit, included some basic data that justify, in the company's opinion, this bet, beyond the always suggestive idea of ​​getting the "cars" started "Some of the data include the fact that" more than half of the world's population lives in cities, "and that in cities with a large population, such as Mexico City, a Driver spends about five working weeks in his vehicle every year due to traffic jams and slow traffic.

Uber, with a presence in more than 600 cities and around 65 Millions of users per month, summed up in a video his vision of the future: a woman who, through the application, reserves an UberAir that she accesses from the roof of a skyscraper to avoid Highway jam.

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