Uber to open research centre on flying taxis in Paris
American ride-hailing giant Uber will open in autumn its ATCP research centre in Paris (France), dedicated to Uber Elevate, its program for autonomous flying taxis of the future. This is to be announced on Friday in the margin of the Tech for Good Summit, organized by French president Emmanuel Macron.
This ‘Advanced Technologies Center of Paris’ (ATCP) will be the first Uber research facility of its kind outside North America. Today Uber has research centres in Pittsbourgh, Toronto (Canada) and San Francisco. The latter is also dedicated to Artificial Intelligence (AI).
Dedicated to ‘gesture of air space’
Uber will invest 20 million euro for research activities in Paris in the next five years. The centre will be dedicated to “the gesture of air space, autonomous driving/flying, real-time communication networks, storage of energy and recharging systems”, according to a note on the company’s website.
Ready for lift-off in 2020
If it were up to Uber only, flying drone taxis are technically ready for lift-off in 2020 and will become a common sight above cities like Los Angeles by 2023. At least, that was promised by the company on a two-day conference Uber organized in the Skirball Center in Los Angeles earlier this month.