Air taxis and drones: Why North Texas is teaming up with NASA
June 4, 2021
By Chloe Bennett
NASA and a North Texas agency are taking a small step this month toward what could be a giant leap in alleviating traffic congestion.
The space administration entered an agreement with the North Central Texas Council of Governments to study the implementation of cargo-carrying drones and automated air taxis, which are small passenger aircraft that can make short trips without an onboard pilot. The workshops are set to begin June 16.
“There is real potential to use both cargo-carrying drones and air taxis to ensure efficient delivery of goods and movement of people, especially in corridors that are highly congested,” said Natalie Bettger, a senior program manager for the agency’s Congestion Management and System Operation.