Uber announces plans for flying taxi service

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(NBC) - The ridesharing service Uber announced plans for a flying taxi service on Wednesday that could provide relief from road congestion for the commutes of the future.

The company unveiled an artist’s impression of the sleek, futuristic machine it hopes to start using for demonstration flights in 2020 and deploy for ride-sharing by 2028.

The model was presented at a technology conference in Lisbon, Portugal.

The battery powered aircraft looks like a cross between a small plane and a helicopter.

The plan faces plenty of challenges, including certification of the new vehicle by authorities, pilot training and conceiving urban air traffic management systems.

Uber hopes it will eventually cost commuters less than using a car.

The company hopes the flying taxis will be operational in Los Angeles by 2020.