Uber Plans For Flying Taxis In International Cities
Last year Uber Technologies Inc announced about its air taxi plans and went on with Dallas as its testing ground, which showed us on how serious they were about their air taxi plan. A year ago Uber elevate announced that flying taxi services will be available in Dallas and Los Angeles by 2020. But now the company is looking for more locations and that too on an international scale, to this avail this service of its company.
This Thursday at Uber Elevate Asia Pacific expo held at Tokyo the company announced about the list of countries that have been shortlisted for its air taxi service. Shortlisted countries include Japan, India, France Australia, and Brazil. And these countries will get to have air tax service within the next 5 years that is by 2023. Along with this, the company has also planned of doing drone delivery with the shortlisted countries.
The Head of Uber Aviation Programmes, Eric Allison said “We are proud to host the first ever Uber Elevate Asia Pacific Expo. We are announcing a shortlist of five countries where Uber Air can immediately transform transportation and take our technology to new heights”.
According to The Verge, countries were shortlisted only with the final choice of what it can offer for the company during its test period, for example, India has congested cities, Tokyo is enormous with airports miles away from cities center and of course, France is where they are building their technology center.
At the expo held in Tokyo, the company also released pictures of how the routing would look like to its user when trying to book for an air taxi service. This was done along with an illustrated example which explained how less time-consuming air taxis would be.
The companys first priority would be high-density areas with more than 2 million people and prefers to work with cities that gave a smooth response to Uber on street.
Ubers Air taxis will be travel at a speed between 150 and 200 miles per hour with a cruising altitude of 1,000 to 2,000 feet, which is much slower and lower on comparing to commercial flights.
Uber focuses on bring demonstrations in Dallas in 2020 and start commercial services by 2023.