Uber Hires NASA Engineer for VTOL 'Flying Car' Project

If Uber has anything to do with it, that will one day be a reasonable request. "At flying altitude, noise from advanced electric vehicles will be barely audible". Moore has more or less lead the charge into vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft. And so the scoop from Bloomberg on Monday should come as no surprise: Uber has managed to lure away Mark Moore, a 30-year employee of NASA and its resident flying vehicle expert.

Apparently Moore won't be constructing an actual flying auto system just yet but will instead work on addressing isolated problems specific to Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft like "noise pollution, vehicle efficiency, and limited battery life", Bloomberg notes.

Moore, whose 2010 white paper focused specifically on electric VTOL concepts, made a decision to leave NASA for Uber because, as he told Bloomberg News, he "can't think of another company in a stronger position to be the leader for this new ecosystem and make the urban electric VTOL market real".

Uber announced in its white paper that it will host a VTOL summit later this year to help inspire interest in the Elevate research and coordinate industry efforts to achieve an on-demand VTOL transit system.

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In September, Uber said flying cars could be hovering over cities and transporting people from point A to B within a decade.

Moore was listed as a contributor to the paper. He will be working directly for one of the company's initiatives called Uber Elevate, according to Bloomberg, which has a main goal of utilizing unused airspace for transportation purposes. He explained that negotiations with suppliers are needed in order to bring prices down, and the company would have to lobby regulators for aircraft certifications and relaxed restrictions on air traffic.

VTOL aircraft are also being explored by two Larry Page-backed startups, as well as commercial aviation company Airbus through its Vahana project. By moving to Uber, he will forgo on a big percentage of his pension.

"It's the federal government who is best positioned to overcome extremely high levels of risks", [Moore] says.

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