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Uber building flying taxi lab in Paris

Uber has announced plans to build a flying taxi lab in Paris, France.

The transportation and ride-hailing service has revealed it will invest €20 million into building an Advanced Technology Center in the French capital city.

As reported by Tech Radar, it would be the next step in launching its Uber Elevate flying taxi service, which it hopes to launch by 2020 in Los Angeles, Dallas and a third undetermined city outside the United States.

Uber’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi tweeted: "With world class engineers & its leading role in global aviation, France is the perfect place to advance Uber Elevate & new technology initiatives."

In a press release, Uber opened up on plans for the first project, revealing they would include "machine learning-based transport demand modeling, high-density low-altitude air traffic management simulations, integration of innovative airspace transport solutions with European aviation regulators such as EASA, and the development of smart grids to support future fleets of electric transport on the ground and in the air".

Meanwhile, the company has also unveiled three fully functional prototypes of it vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) helicopters, and ATCP’s opening later this year will see it working on a number of projects.

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