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Uber has announced plans to open a new laboratory for the development of its futuristic flying taxis.
The company said it will invest £17.5 million ($23 million) over five years to build air traffic control systems, AI algorithms, charging systems and more.
Vehicles - Aircraft - VTOL - Zero - Emissions
The propeller-powered vehicles will be small, electric aircraft that take off and land vertically (VTOL) with zero emissions and quiet enough to operate in cities.
Engineers and artificial intelligence experts at the new research centre in Paris will be tasked with designing the vehicles ahead of the service's launch by 2020.
Set - Autumn - Advanced - Technologies - Centre
Set to open this autumn, the Advanced Technologies Centre in Paris (ATCP) will be Uber's first R&D centre outside North America.
The laboratory will work directly with prominent engineering school Ecole Polytechnique, also based in the French capital.
World-class - Engineers - Role - Aviation - France
'With world-class engineers and a leading role in global aviation, France is the perfect place to advance our Uber Elevate program and new technology initiatives,' Uber chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi said in a statement.
'We're excited to partner with Ecole Polytechnique to shape the future of urban mobility, on the ground and in the air.'
Uber - Ride-sharing - Concept - Paris - Decade
Uber's original ride-sharing concept was born in Paris more than a decade ago, when founders Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp needed a ride on a snowy night in Paris and couldn't catch a cab.
The new laboratory will focus on Uber Elevate, a program that aims to build a network of all-electric, flying taxis (vertical take-off and landing or VTOL aircraft).
Goal - Lift-off - Demonstration - Flights - Dubai
The goal is to help uberAIR achieve lift-off at demonstration flights in Dubai, Dallas, Los Angeles, and a fourth international city by 2020.
Commercial launch is scheduled...
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