Remember the opening sequence of the cartoon The Jetsons? Remember how George Jetson would take his family to school and work in his flying car?
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Remember feeling like, “Oh my God I can’t wait ‘til I get my own flying car!!!” Well Uber is trying to make that sci-fi dream a reality.
Uber unveiled at an international technology conference in Lisbon, Portugal an artist's impression of a sleek, futuristic machine it hopes to start using for demonstration flights in 2020.
The company aims to have its first paying passengers in various cities around the world by 2023.
The battery-powered aircraft looks like a cross between a small plane and a helicopter, with fixed wings and rotors.
Uber’s “flying car’ is intended to soar over traffic congestion, sharply reducing city travel times. Uber hopes it will eventually “become a form of mass transport and cost commuters less than using their own car,” said Uber's Chief Product Officer Jeff Holden.
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Holden also said that Uber has signed a Space Act Agreement with NASA to create a brand-new air traffic control system to manage the aircraft.
The scheme still faces plenty of challenges, including certification of the new vehicle by authorities, pilot training and conceiving urban air traffic management systems that prevent collisions.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.