Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

NASA logo
NASA logo

Autonomous Vehicles

NASA & Uber Working On Our Urban Air Mobility Future

NASA and Uber are working to tackle the future of our urban air mobility (UAM) needs. The focus is on the future for city transport for both people and packages transported by air.

NASA and Uber are working to tackle the future of our urban air mobility (UAM) needs. The focus is on the future for city transport for both people and packages transported by air.

NBAA-BACE 2019 UAM Safran Uber Elevate Display. Photo: Nicolas Zart

Making UAM safe and efficient is on everyone’s mind, as we covered at the NBAA-BACE event last week. Urban air transportation system models are popping up everywhere, from Boeing to Airbus. We wrote a brief article on the importance of unmanned and manned air traffic management (ATM) that takes into consideration everything from small package-delivery drones to passenger-carrying air taxis, all the way up to unforeseen.

The NASA research from its Ames and Langley Research Centers is also looking into technologies for UAM airspace management. The agency is pooling its research to continue studying, designing, and testing tools and technologies to manage future airspace. Specifically, it’s partnering with Uber on Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management (UTM) by sharing its plans to implement a safe and efficient urban aviation rideshare network. Both Uber and NASA are sharing their respective rideshare data and airspace management computer modeling to assess the impacts of small aircraft in crowded environments.

The NASA and Uber teams are connecting their systems to run through different scenarios to help UAM operators. One of them will focus on coordinating the scheduling of different flights before takeoff, for example, while another will work on coordinating different elements of an emergency landing situation, as another example. What’s interesting or unnerving for the general public is that the tests are simulated without pilots, aircraft, or air traffic controllers.

These simulations will test UTM interoperability. One example NASA uses is how the Agency and Uber found it necessary to communicate specific times when air services intersect. They are working on how much buffer around those times is needed to allow for unexpected events during flight and to ensure safety.

NASA Taps Uber for Future Flight Plans

This is a good example of a government entity working with a private company to pool resources. NASA says it will collaborate with other partners as well to ensure an overall encompassing airspace operations.

You can check out NASA’s UAM Grand Challenge for more.

In light of recent aviation disasters, I thought this would be a good idea to show how private and public entities can work together to solve what one or the other alone cannot.

Sign up for daily news updates from CleanTechnica on email. Or follow us on Google News!

Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.

Former Tesla Battery Expert Leading Lyten Into New Lithium-Sulfur Battery Era — Podcast:

I don't like paywalls. You don't like paywalls. Who likes paywalls? Here at CleanTechnica, we implemented a limited paywall for a while, but it always felt wrong — and it was always tough to decide what we should put behind there. In theory, your most exclusive and best content goes behind a paywall. But then fewer people read it! We just don't like paywalls, and so we've decided to ditch ours. Unfortunately, the media business is still a tough, cut-throat business with tiny margins. It's a never-ending Olympic challenge to stay above water or even perhaps — gasp — grow. So ...
If you like what we do and want to support us, please chip in a bit monthly via PayPal or Patreon to help our team do what we do! Thank you!
Written By

Nicolas was born and raised around classic cars of the 1920s, but it wasn't until he drove an AC Propulsion eBox and a Tesla Roadster that the light went on. Ever since he has produced green mobility content on various CleanTech outlets since 2007 and found his home on CleanTechnica. He grew up in an international environment and his communication passion led to cover electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles, renewable energy, test drives, podcasts, shoot pictures, and film for various international outlets in print and online. Nicolas offers an in-depth look at the e-mobility world through interviews and the many contacts he has forged in those industries. His favorite taglines are: "There are more solutions than obstacles." and "Yesterday's Future Now"


You May Also Like


PNNL researchers explore the feasibility of using drones to survey sites for low levels of radiation.


Just when you think you've seen everything, America's National Parks says you ain't seen nothing yet.


Working as an Uber or Lyft (or both) driver in an EV can be challenging. How do I know? I did it for about...

Autonomous Vehicles

Waymo’s been expanding, and usage of the company’s robotaxis has been growing steadily, but, honestly, it’s all been happening a bit slowly. That’s been...

Copyright © 2023 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.