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NASA partners with 17 companies to invest in the future of Urban Air Mobility – Archpaper.com

Flying cars have always been just around the corner, but a new initiative between NASA and transportation companies will study the prospect more seriously.

A rendering of UAM in Downtown Atlanta depicts several airborne vehicles traveling simultaneously thousands of feet above the skyline. (Courtesy NASA)
A rendering of UAM in Downtown Atlanta depicts several airborne vehicles traveling simultaneously thousands of feet above the skyline. (Courtesy NASA)

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The concept of the flying car has lived in the popular imagination ever since the Space Age of the 1950s, yet a recent initiative by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) could make urban airborne travel more likely than ever in automotive history. The agency recently signed Space Act Agreements with 17 companies—including Toyota, Boeing, Airbus, and Hyundai—to participate in airborne transportation tests with the intention of radically transforming the transportation of people and goods in the near future.

A series of technology demonstrations, known as the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Grand Challenge, will test the feasibility of additional airborne (some of them self-driving) transportation systems that include personal taxi services, emergency ambulances, and cargo delivery, all while promoting public confidence in advanced air mobility systems. “With this step,” said NASA’s associate administrator for aeronautics Robert Pearce in a press statement, “we’re continuing to put the pieces together that we hope will soon make real the long-anticipated vision of smaller piloted and unpiloted vehicles providing a variety of services around cities and in rural areas.”

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