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Uber and US Army collaborated on developing flying car rotor

Uber Technologies Inc. on Tuesday announced it will work with the US Army to develop a quiet new rotor plane technology and can be used in future flying cars or military aircraft. The alliance highlights Uber's efforts to build a flying car service for the city's population.

Uber and the Army 's Research, Development and Engineering command said it would set aside US$1 million to develop and test prototypes for the rotor system to be used in vertical take-off and landing vehicles. The system uses two rotors that are stacked on top of each other for quieter operation than conventional stacked rotor systems.

Tinuku Uber and US Army collaborated on developing flying car rotor

"Ultra-low noise is one of the important hurdles," said Rob McDonald, head of vehicle engineering for Uber Elevate.

Dr. Jaret Riddick, director of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Vehicle Technology Directorate, said the Army wants to develop a new generation of unmanned drones that do not require runway and are quieter than current drones. The Army is increasingly turning to partnerships with private companies to research advanced technology.

Uber plans more alliances with government agencies to launch air taxi prototypes by 2020. Mark Moore, Uber's engineering director, aircraft system and former NASA researcher, says Uber already has a partnership with NASA to develop software for aircraft over cities.

Boeing Co., Airbus SE and Larry Page have invested in the concept of small aircraft, automatic and electrification to transport passengers or cargo in densely populated cities. Uber said it will develop a low noise rotor system in collaboration with Launchpoint Technologies Inc. that focuses on electric and hybrid aircraft technology.

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