A former Nasa engineer has been employed by taxi-hailing agency Uber to assist its analysis into flying automobiles.
Mark Moore is becoming a member of Uber’s Elevate division as its director of engineering for aviation.
Uber’s curiosity in flying automobiles was outlined in a White Paper in October, which mentioned vertical take-off and touchdown on-demand (VTOL) aviation.
It welcomed Mr Moore’s appointment, including its wider function was as a catalyst to the “rising VTOL ecosystem”.
Uber is already investing in self-driving automobiles, with partnerships with Volvo and Daimler.
In its White Paper, Uber stated that on-demand aviation “has the potential to radically enhance city mobility, giving folks again time misplaced of their every day commutes”.
“Simply as skyscrapers allowed cities to make use of restricted land extra effectively, city air transportation will use three-dimensional airspace to alleviate transportation congestion on the bottom.”
It envisaged a community of small, electrical plane that will take off and land vertically.
Mr Moore explored an analogous idea in a paper printed whereas he was at Nasa.
He stated that electrical propulsion was a “potential sport altering know-how” for plane, including that the one factor holding it again was present battery storage.
Slovakian firm Aeromobil is certainly one of a number of engaged on a prototype flying automotive, which it’s aiming to commercialise this yr.