Uber Technologies is all set to launch flying taxi service soon as the company has picked Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne, for the first international test site for flying taxi.
Uber said on Tuesday (June 11) that it will begin test flights of the pilotless aircraft in Melbourne and US cities Dallas and Los Angles in 2020 before commercial operations begin in 2023. Uber’s planned air fleet includes electric jet-powered vehicles — part helicopter, part drone and part fixed-wing aircraft — running multiple small rotors capable of both vertical take-off and landing and rapid horizontal flight.
“Australian governments have adopted a forward-looking approach to ridesharing and future transport technology,” Susan Anderson, Regional General Manager for Uber in Australia, New Zealand and North Asia, said in an emailed statement. The electric, on-demand air taxis can be ordered by customers through Smartphone apps in the same way Uber’s road-based taxi alternatives are hailed.
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