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Uber's 'flying car' gets help from NASA

This computer-generated image shows a battery-powered aircraft — a cross between a small plane and a helicopter with fixed wings and rotors. (Uber Technologies Inc photo via AP)

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Uber Technologies Inc advanced its vision of a network of flying cars by signing an agreement with Nasa on how to safely manage the futuristic systems.

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Uber, Nasa join forces on flying car project

Bloomberg News

Toronto: Uber Technologies Inc advanced its vision of a network of flying cars by signing an agreement with Nasa on how to safely manage the futuristic systems.

The ride-sharing startup has said it plans to roll out an on-demand vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) network in Dallas and Dubai by 2020, and on Wednesday added Los Angeles to the list.

But many regulatory hurdles will need to be cleared before that can happen, including approval by the Federal Aviation Administration, which will have to figure out how flying cars can get along with airplanes, helicopters and drones in the sky.

On Tuesday, Uber took a step toward resolving that by signing an agreement with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to develop new traffic concepts that will enable safe and efficient operations of robotic flight systems, the company said.

Uber is also working with aircraft, infrastructure and real estate partners to operate fixed routes between city hubs called "Skyports."

The San Francisco-based company's vision for the network, dubbed "uberAir," would let customers push a button and get high-speed flight in and around cities, the company said at a web summit in Lisbon.

"This collaboration makes a tonne of sense in order to bring this to market as fast as possible," Uber chief product officer Jeff Holden said in an interview with Bloomberg Television.

"With uberAir, there will be an unprecedented number of flying aircrafts in cities,'' he said, and "Nasa's expertise lies in unmanned aerial systems traffic management that can help come up with answers to controlling air traffic.''

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Vocabulary:

administration : the people who plan, organize and run a business, an institution, etc - คณะบริหาร

advance : to move forward - ก้าวหน้า, เคลื่อนไปข้างหน้า

aerial : in the air; done in the air - ซึ่งอยู่ในอากาศ

agreement (noun): an arrangement, a promise or a contract made with somebody - ข้อตกลง, คำสัญญา

aircraft (noun): an airplane or helicopter or other vehicle that travels through the air from place to place - เครื่องบิน

approval : official permission - การอนุมัต

aviation : the flying of aircraft - การบิน

collaboration : working together with someone else - การร่วมมือ

concept : a principle or idea - ความคิด

customers (noun): people or an organisations that buy something from a shop/store or business - ลูกค้า

drone (noun): an aircraft (or ship) without a pilot, controlled from the ground - เครื่องบินไร้คนขับที่ควบคุมด้วยวิทยุทางไกล

dubbed : given a name - ตั้งฉายา, ตั้งชื่อเล่นให้

efficient : effective and well organised (the opposite is inefficient) - มีประสิทธิภาพ

enable : to make someone able to do something, or to make something possible - ทำให้เป็นไปได้

expertise : a high level of knowledge or skill - ทักษะความรู้, ความคิดเห็นของผู้เชี่ยวชาญ

federal : relating to the central government, and not to the government of a region, of some countries such as the United States - เกี่ยวกับสหพันธรัฐ

figure out : to be able to understand something or to solve a problem - คิดออก

futuristic : strange and very modern, or intended or seeming to come from some imagined time in the future - นำสมัย

hub : the central or main part of something where there is most activity - จุดศูนย์กลาง

hurdle : a problem that you must solve before you can do something successfully - อุปสรรค

infrastructure : the set of systems within a place or organisation that affect how well it operates, for example the transport and communication systems in a country - ระบบสาํธารนูปโภค

interview : a meeting (often a public one) at which a person is asked questions in order to find out their opinions, experiences, etc. - การสัมภาษณ์

join forces : to work together to accomplish something - รวมกำลังกับ

landing (noun): when an aircraft comes down to the ground at the end of a flight - การนำเครื่องบินลงจอด

make sense : to be a sensible (reasonable) thing to do - มีเหตุผล

NASA (noun): National Aeronautics and Space Administration (a US government organization that does research into space and organizes space travel) - องค์การอวกาศแห่งชาติของประเทศอเมริกา (คำย่อของ National Aeronautics and Space Administration)

network : a large system of connected parts, organisations, people, etc. - เครือข่าย

on-demand (adj): done or happening whenever somebody asks - ตามคำขอ

operate : to carry out an activity like running a business - ดำเนินการ

operations : the activity or work done in an area of business or industry - ปฎิบัติการ

partner (noun): two people, businesses, organizations, etc that work together on some project or business - ผู้ร่วมมือ, ผู้ร่วมกระทำ

project : a planned piece of work that is designed to find information about something, to produce something new, or to improve something - โครงการ

real estate : property - อสังหาริมทรัพย์

regulatory (adj): related to "regulations" , official rules on how to do different activities, usually made by the government - ซึ่งควบคุมบังคับ, ซึ่งมีอำนาจควบคุม

resolve : to solve a problem, or to find a satisfactory way of dealing with it - แก้ไขปัญหา

robotic (adj): connected with robots (machines that can perform a complicated series of tasks automatically) - เกี่ยวกับหุ่นยนต์

roll out (verb): to introduce something new; to introduce a new product or service; launch - เปิดตัว, เริ่มนำ

route : the way that planes, buses, trains, or ships travel regularly - เส้นทางของรถ เรือ เครื่องบิน,etc.

startup (noun): a company that is just beginning to operate - บริษัทใหม่

summit (noun): a meeting or series of meetings between leaders of or high-ranking representatives of two or more countries or organizations - การประชุมสุดยอด

system (noun): a particular way of doing something; an organised set of ideas or theories - ระบบ, หลักการ

take-off : leaving the ground and beginning to fly - บินขึ้น

unmanned : (of a machine, a vehicle, a place or an activity) not having or needing a person to control or operate it - ซึ่งไม่มีคนคอยควบคุม

unprecedented : never having happened before - ที่ไม่เคยเกิดขึ้นมาก่อน

vertical : going straight up or down from a level surface or from top to bottom in a picture, etc. - ซึ่งตั้งตรง

vision : the ability to imagine how a country, society, industry, etc. could develop in the future and to plan in a suitable way - วิสัยทัศน์

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