07 February, 2017

Uber hires a NASA expert to help develop flying cars

Uber has hired a NASA expert to build out its vision for flying cars Monday. Mark Moore, a 30-year veteran of the space agency with expertise in using electric motors to get a vehicle airborne, will help the ride-hailing giant execute on an expansive white paper it released last fall on developing VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) vehicles.

"Uber continues to see its role as a catalyst to the growing developing VTOL ecosystem," Nikhil Goel, Uber's head of product for advanced programs, said in a statement. "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."

Moore said he was leaving NASA Langley Research Center a year before his retirement benefits start  to throw his lot in with Uber CEO Travis Kalanick because he was convinced that no other company was in a "stronger position to be the leader for this new ecosystem and make the urban electric VTOL market real,” he told Bloomberg.