Uber Technologies Inc looks to provide rides that whisk passengers off into the sky. It will be far away from traffic, allowing you to reach your destination earlier than usual. And if everything goes according to plan, this new service will be known as Uber Elevate. 

For things to get started, Uber has just hired the one person who may know everything necessary to make flying cars. This is none other than Mark Moore, a man who has worked for the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for the last 30 years. He had been based at NASA's Langley Research Center in Virginia where he had worked as an advanced aircraft engineer. 

The White Paper That Started It All

Moore means a lot to this project because, in 2010, he had published a white paper that extensively discussed the possibility of electric aircraft that's able to land and take off vertically. This knowledge is exactly what Uber expects him to bring to the ride-sharing company where he will be assuming the role of director of engineering for aviation. 

 The Need To Explore Flying Cars

"Uber continues to see its role as an accelerant-catalyst to the entire ecosystem, and we are excited to have Mark joining us to work with manufacturers and stakeholders as we continue to explore the use case described in our white paper," Bloomberg reported Nikhil Goel, Uber head of product for advanced programs, as saying. 

In Moore's white paper, he discussed the idea of the NASA Puffin, describing it as an "on-demand aircraft designed to provide quiet, efficient, and safe close proximity operations to businesses and neighborhoods." The goal is to utilize electric propulsion, which according to the white paper, has zero emissions and zero power lapse with altitude. At the same time, it gives off less noise, vibration, volume and cooling drag, making it a low maintenance system that offers relatively lower operating costs. 

Air Taxi And "Vertiports"

For Uber, this is perfect for their vision of the future that involves offering their ride-hailing service through "vertiports" that will be found in various residential neighborhoods throughout the country. The so-called air taxis will require a range of 50 to 100 miles. And as passengers are boarding or exiting the air taxi, these aircraft can partially charge itself for greater efficiency. 

Meanwhile, Moore believes these air taxis will feature human pilots. They will be responsible for managing onboard computers. The timeline set to see flying cars capable of providing service is between one to three years. 

On the other hand, Uber is not the only company keenly interested in realizing Moore's vision. In fact, Google had created two companies determined to make Moore's white paper concept a reality. These firms are known as Zee Aero and Kitty Hawk.

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