Uber taps UT Austin for flying taxi tech

Uber Elevate, the air transport arm of ride-hailing giant Uber, recently announced it has tapped the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) to help develop rotor technology for its flying car network dubbed uberAIR.
UT Austin researchers will work with U.S. Army Research Labs (ARL) to “explore the efficiency and noise signature of stacked co-rotating rotors” for vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircrafts, according to a news release.
“In addition to the technical expertise we bring to this area, we also already have a rig to test new rotor configurations right here on campus,” said UT Austin associate professor Jayant Sirohi in a statement. UT Austin touts Sirohi as one of the country’s “leading experts” in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology.