At least that's what Uber thinks: the ride-hailing company has hired a NASA engineer to develop a flying vehicle.
In an interview, Holden shared his interest in "vertical takeoff and landing" vehicles (VTOL), claiming, "It could change cities and how we work and live".
Also Lockheed Martin, the aerospace giant and frequent government contractor has in development an autonomous flying vehicle to deliver both troops and supplies in hard to reach places.
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Moore had been working on flying auto technology at NASA for years, but funding for the projects was regularly redirected away from personalized electronic vehicles toward other projects, like low-carbon aircraft. Last October, the company released a white paper that envisioned a flying taxi service as a network of lightweight, electric aircraft that take off and land vertically from preexisting urban heliports and skyscraper rooftops. The white paper has made the rounds of technologists for a while and even spurred Google co-founder Larry Page to invest in two startups in that space, Zee Aero and Kitty Hawk. "I 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", Moore said. (Though it's probably safe to say that Uber, with some $11 billion on its balance sheet, is making it worth his while.) Moore seems to be disillusioned with NASA, saying the agency is leaving promising new aviation markets to the private industry. "We're excited to have Mark join us to work with companies and stakeholders as we continue to explore the use case described in our white paper". With NASA's immediate future involving more partnerships with private companies, instead of government-funded projects, it's reasonable to understand why Moore moved to Uber. For one, Uber has yet to build its VTOL craft, having only detailed a vision of a future with short airborne transits.
It has to be noted that Moore won't exactly be building flying cars for Uber...yet. By moving to Uber, he will forgo on a big percentage of his pension.