Uber announced its plans to build a flying car in October, and now the company has announced that they hired NASA veteran and engineer Mark Moore to help.
So far the challenges with Uber Elevate have to do with safety and congestion. Car crashes in the sky might be more dangerous than the ones on the ground even, since a sky crash would, of course, end up on the ground.
To really make this option a reality they would have to figure out a way to implement an entirely new air traffic control system and get it approved and signed off across on board.
To make the flying cars workable within the space at airports they’d have to use a technology that offers a vertical-takeoff-and-landing, meaning that they could rise up like a helicopter and then fly like a plane. Mark Moore did a lot of VTOL design work for NASA, which was their interest in bringing him on board.