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Uber’s ‘Blade Runner’ flying car mission comes to L.A.

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By Marco della Cava |USA TODAY

Uber has a host of issues to contend with, from remaking its corporate culture to battling unfriendly cities.

But the ride-hailing company is nonetheless forging ahead with plans to make a Blade Runner vision of transportation — self-flying cars— a reality by 2020.

Uber chief product officer Jeff Holden planned to announce at the Web Summit conference in Lisbon Wednesday that Los Angeles will join Dallas as the first two cities to host the company’s proposed network of flying vehicles. He said the company expects L.A. residents to be making “heavy use” of the service by the time it hosts the 2028 Olympics.

Holden also said Uber signed an agreement with NASA to help develop a specialized air traffic control network to keep track of our newly crowded skies.

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