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"US Army reveals it is teaming up with Uber to develop designs for 'silent and efficient' flying taxis
  • Uber and the Army have partnered to fund and research quiet rotor technology
  • Goal is to create usable stacked co-rotating propellers, with two rotor systems
  • The design is said to be much quieter and more efficient than traditional setup "
The US Army and Uber will jointly fun the new effort in a bid to accelerate the development of a working design.

"Uber has demonstrated not only advanced vehicle technologies, but the ability to utilize gamefication to control and manipulate a large force of drivers said Dr Jaret Riddick, director of the ARL's Vehicle Technology Directorate. Modern military aircraft are incredibly expensive and even the Army has its limits, but harnessing the power of the gig economy where individuals absorb the costs and maintenance on vehicles may solve key budget issues.

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Means - Contract goes to the lowest bidder. You get what you pa for, or the government always gets it's moneys worth ?
 

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"Modern military aircraft are incredibly expensive and even the Army has its limits, but harnessing the power of the gig economy where individuals absorb the costs and maintenance on vehicles may solve key budget issues."

Uh, what in the world does that mean?
soldiers will now be required to bring their own guns, ammo & plane tickets to the warzones...

It's the Uber way!!!
 

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"Modern military aircraft are incredibly expensive and even the Army has its limits, but harnessing the power of the gig economy where individuals absorb the costs and maintenance on vehicles may solve key budget issues."

Uh, what in the world does that mean?
Uber soldiers. (And you thought drivers had a high turnover rate!)

Still no firearms allowed however. After all, safety comes first!
 

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NO... it sounds like uber suckered the US government into some R&D money to develop a quiet rotor system for helicopters.

But the flying taxi issue is going to be a huge futile project cause the FAA will never give them enough airspace to make it a viable business model and there are far too few landing locations for V-tac in a city for it to ever work.


Whenever someone needs medivac service to a hospital, it usually involves closing a section of highway off to land.

So even if uber gets a flying taxi working, it won't translate into what they want anyway.
 

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So even if uber gets a flying taxi working, it won't translate into what they want anyway
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Unless they sell or lease the service to the military! Uh oh, lookout......
 

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"Modern military aircraft are incredibly expensive and even the Army has its limits, but harnessing the power of the gig economy where individuals absorb the costs and maintenance on vehicles may solve key budget issues."

Uh, what in the world does that mean?
"No surge, no mission", most likely.
 
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