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Uber, Army Team Up to Develop New Rotors for Flying Cars, Drones

Uber, Army Team Up to Develop New Rotors for Flying Cars, Drones
(Laura Dale/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 09 May 2018 10:01 PM

Uber is joining forces with the Army to work on developing quieter aircraft rotors for commercial and military use.

The project will cost $1 million and will center on developing and testing prototypes of two-rotor systems that involve stacking the individual rotors on top of each other. The system would be used for vertical take off and landing aircraft.

The goal is to develop a new type of stacked rotor system that is quieter than what is being used now.

Uber is interested in the technology for a future fleet of flying taxis, while the Army wants the quieter rotors for use in unmanned aerial vehicles.

"When UAVs are doing an [intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance] mission, they're out there collecting or observing to collect intelligence or to do surveillance," Jaret Riddick of the Army Research Laboratory told the Army Times.

Enemy forces "know a certain noise in the distance means a certain type of operation is underway. When you can do that with the advantage of not being detected . . . it changes how you execute a mission."

Several companies are leading projects to develop flying cars, including Uber, Boeing, and Airbus.

Uber is holding a conference on flying vehicles this week in Los Angeles.

Information from Reuters was used in this report.

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In a $1 million joint project. Uber and the U.S. Army are working to develop quieter aircraft rotors for commercial and military use.
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