Uber Takes His Flying Taxi
Uber said that Australia will convert the first international market for his flying taxi facility Uber Air.
The firm has designated Melbourne as the third pilot city for his air taxi programmer, joining Dallas and Los Angeles.
Test flights are due to start from 2020, with the aim of launching commercial operations from 2023.
Some firms are developing flying taxis as a future mode of transport.
Uber improved air flexibility would help ease traffic crowding in cities.
“As major cities develop, the heavy reliance on private car ownership will not be sustainable,” said Eric Allison, global head of the firm’s flying partition Uber Elevate.
“Uber Air holds enormous potential to help decrease road crowding.”
He said the 19 kilometer journey from Melbourne’s central business district to the airport would take few 10 minutes with Uber Air, down from up to an hour by car.
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Uber is at work with Nasa and the US Army on his flying taxis and has two airplane manufacturers – Embraer and Pipistrel Aircraft – also on board. Last year, the company said it would be open a laboratory in Paris to grow flying taxis.
It comes at a testing time for Uber following a unacceptable stock market debut last month.
Uber’s first earnings report presented the US firm posted a $1bn (£790m) loss, as it faced solid opposition in its ride-hailing business, and incurred extra costs connected to its Uber Eats distribution service.
Back To the Future
Uber is not the only company testing with flying taxis, reminiscent of the mode of transport in the American cartoon “The Jetsons”.
Tech firms are rival to grow the first viable passenger-carrying sky taxis, while Airbus and a range of start-ups have also been testing self-flying taxis.
Dubai organized its first test of a drone taxi service in 2017.
Independently, a firm sponsored by Google founder Larry Page has unveiled an electric, self-flying air taxi that can travel at up to 180 km/h (110mph).