Uber has revealed its plans to set base in Australia for Uber Air- its first international market of flying taxi services. Following Dallas and Los Angeles, Melbourne has been selected as the third pilot city for the multinational transportation company’s air taxi program.
According to reports, test flights for Uber Air will initiate from 2020, followed by the launch of commercial operations from 2023. “As major cities grow, the heavy reliance on private car ownership will not be sustainable,” reports Eric Allison, the global head of the firm’s aviation division Uber Elevate. “Uber Air holds enormous potential to help reduce road congestion.” Of lately several companies are drawing plans for production of flying taxis, which is regarded as a more futuristic mode of transportation.
Allison added that through the new service of Uber Air, commute from Melbourne’s central business district to the airport will take 10 minutes, thus hinting on the added comfort to cover a 19-kilometer journey.
According to reports, Uber is working in tandem with US Army and Nasa for the production of air taxis. In addition, two aircraft manufacturers, Embraer and Pipistrel Aircraft are also part of the project. Reports from last year also suggest that Uber would launch a production laboratory in Paris for flying taxis.
With umpteen tech firms vying for the development of passenger-carrying airbuses, Uber is facing a strong market competition. Earlier reports also suggest the company faced a loss of about $1bn previously. Moreover, Uber also did not make an impressive debut in the stock market last month.
According to reports, Dubai also held the tests of its first drone taxi service in 2017. Moreover, Larry Page, co-founder of Google, has blueprinted plans for an autonomous flying taxi which can travel up to 180km/h. Uber indeed has to keep up with strong market stimulants.