A flying taxi service could be available in five to 10 years, according to statements made Tuesday by Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi.
Speaking at an investor forum in Tokyo, Japan, during his first trip to Asia, the relatively new Uber leader addressed a country where he hopes his company can commercially thrive. The ride-sharing company is trying to cultivate business relationships with several taxi companies in Japan in order to carve a stake in the $16 billion taxi market, according to Bloomberg.
Perhaps pledges or predictions of aerial, on-demand travel, which were first reported by Reuters, will persuade taxi firms in Japan to work with Uber and its massive technical infrastructure.
Uber early last year hired Mark Moore, a former engineer at NASA, to lead its exploration of flying car technology, showing how serious it appears to be about the for now nascent technological prospect.
Moore, Uber’s director of engineering for aviation, worked at the federal agency for the last 30 years and published a comprehensive research paper in 2010 detailing the viability of smaller electric vehicles being able to take off and land.
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