Uber Air to test flying taxis in bid to bid traffic congestion

News: Uber Air to test flying taxis in bid to bid traffic congestion

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Taxi firm Uber are reaching for the skies in a bid to beat traffic congestion.

Uber’s helicopter-like flying ambitions will see Melbourne become their latest testbed, with trials due to begin as soon as next year, Devon Live reports.

The Australian city will become the third location to be selected, and the first outside the United States with Los Angeles and Dallas already confirmed as launch sites for the future fleet of Uber Air flying taxis.

Uber are bidding to ease congestion on the ground by taking passengers up into the sky – and will charge the same price as they would for an UberX trip over the same distance.

Uber say congestion is already costing Australia 16.5 billion dollars a year, with this figure project to almost double to 30 billion dollars by 2030.

The firm is due to start test flights in 2020, before commencing a commercial operation from 2023.

“Australian governments have adopted a forward-looking approach to ridesharing and future transport technology,” said Susan Anderson, Uber’s regional general manager for Australia, New Zealand and North Asia.

“This, coupled with Melbourne’s unique demographic and geospatial factors, and culture of innovation and technology, makes Melbourne the perfect third launch city for Uber Air.

“We will see other Australian cities following soon after.”

According to Eric Allison, the global head of the wider Uber Elevate division, a 19km journey from Melbourne’s central business district to the airport will be cut from around 25 minutes on the ground by car to around 10 minutes by air, during peak time.

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“Uber’s technology is changing the way people move around their cities – from bikes to pooled rides, we are always looking for ways to reduce the need for private car ownership,” he said.

“In the coming years, with Uber Air, we want to make it possible for people to push a button and get a flight.”

During its third Annual Elevate Summit, Uber also revealed a glimpse of what the new air taxi cabin designs could look like.



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