Uber first showed the prototype of his flying taxi

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Uber first showed the prototype of his flying taxi

The journalists of CBS News an exclusive first opportunity to see the prototype flying taxi company Uber, which, according to the plans, should be up in the air with the first passengers in 2020. The company will also show a prototype of a flying taxi to the event Uber Elevate Summit, which will take place in Los Angeles this week.

Overall, the unit design is more like a large quadcopter than a flying car. Several rotors flying taxi will allow to produce a vertical takeoff and landing. The Cabinet — closer to the airplane fuselage than the helicopter. Flying taxi service Uber will run on electricity, so, as noted by the journalists of the TV channel, the unit will be quieter, more efficient and more economical than a conventional helicopter.

According to the views of the Executive Directors of the company Uber Dara Khosrowshahi, people can enjoy flying taxi via a mobile app, and then head to your nearest air port on the roof of one of buildings. In addition, the company plans to offer a separate service charge: each unit can take on Board up to four passengers, which will reduce the final cost of the flight.

"We want to create a network of such flying taxi, to even ordinary people who are tired of traffic jams, could pay for the flight over long distances at affordable prices" — Khosrowshahi commented to journalists CBS News.

As indicated by various sources, such an early presentation of the prototype, the company probably decided to divert public attention from the incident in Arizona in March of this year. Recall that the self-driving car, Uber hit a cyclist crossing the road in the wrong place in the dark.

The Investigation into the incident continues, and as it became known, there emerged a new part. According to the latest data, the accident was caused by a "misconfigured software." We are talking about a software which on the basis of data received from sensors and cameras gives the computer to "ignore the obstacles on the road."

The Software had to be programmed to stop the car before you do serious obstacles. As explained by company representatives, this measure was forced, because otherwise the drone would have slowed down before each flying on the road package. Sorry, error in programming led to the tragedy – a car at full speed drove into a cyclist.

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