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Uber to launch flying taxi service in Australia



Uber have announced that Australia will be the first international market for the Uber Air flying taxi service, with tests due to begin next year.

Uber are developing the flying vehicles to safely, quickly and ecologically fly customers throughout Melbourne and other major cities
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They company have previously said they will run tests in Dallas and Los Angeles, but have now selected Melbourne as a third pilot city for trials of their flying taxis.

Test flights will begin in 2020, with commercial operations due to launch in 2023.

“Australian governments have adopted a forward-looking approach to ridesharing and future transport technology,” said Susan Anderson, regional general manager for Uber in 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 the company, the vehicles will be able to transport customers the 19km journey from Melbourne’s central business district to the airport in just 10 minutes. Currently traveling the same distance by car takes around an hour.

“As major cities grow, the heavy reliance on private car ownership will not be sustainable,” said Eric Allison, global head of Uber’s aviation division - Uber Elevate.

“Uber Air holds enormous potential to help reduce road congestion.”

Uber’s working with NASA and the US Army on the flying taxis, which are being developed with aircraft manufacturers Embraer and Pipistrel Aircraft. They plan to open a laboratory in Paris to test the vehicles. 

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Recent Comments
Traffic free service! I like it..
Gill Singh, 14 June 2019
Air traffic, not road traffic and certainly not "no traffic". Weather will frequently ground any service. What happens when the fog comes in, let alone hail and lightning?
James Rock, 20 June 2019
Melbourne is an innovative city with existing helicopter services along the river in the inner city boundary. It is not a great leap for Uber to envisage taxi services piggy-backing on the work already achieved by entrepreneurs and visionaries. That is their business model after all.
Derek Bowman, 25 June 2019
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