Uber picks Melbourne as test site for flying taxi service

Uber Elevate set to take off in Australia with flying taxi trial in Melbourne

Uber plans to eventually deploy a fleet of flying cars to ferry its passengers around urban areas, but while we patiently await the Jetsons-age, the company's Uber Elevate division is launching a new helicopter service in New York City.

This week, Uber announced it was adding new aircraft partners to the program, including Pennsylvania-based Jaunt Air Mobility, which will produce a rotor- and fixed-wing light aircraft.

He said the 19 kilometre journey from Melbourne's central business district to the airport would take some 10 minutes with Uber Air, down from up to an hour by auto.

"We are delighted that Melbourne has been chosen as the first worldwide trial city for Uber Air".

Uber Air is touted by the company as an "urban aviation ride-sharing product".

Uber submitted the plan to the Victorian government, arguing mass transit by air could take the pressure off Australia's size and congestion challenges.

Anderson said the company hopes to begin test flights next year, with an eye to open the service to commuters from 2023.

"Australian governments have adopted a forward-looking approach to ridesharing and future transport technology", Anderson said in a statement".


One of Uber's flying cars could soon be flying you across Melbourne.

A large part of Uber's plan to take to the skies involves the development of electric helicopterlike aircraft that will be both ecologically friendly and significantly quieter than traditional helicopters, both due to their lack of noisy turbine engines and because they will use multiple smaller rotors to provide lift, rather than a single large one.

Uber claims trips will be priced the same as an UberX ride over the same distance, but we'll see about that.

"As major cities grow, the heavy reliance on private vehicle ownership will not be sustainable", said Eric Allison, global head of the firm's aviation division Uber Elevate.

Uber Air" "skyports' will likely spring up atop the vehicle parks of Westfield shopping centres.

Treasurer Tim Pallas said the Victorian Government would support the venture, but not financially, and alongside Civil Aviation Authority and other key bodies.

Macquarie Capital said it would work with Uber Elevate on the development and electrification of the skyports that would support vertical takeoff and landing, as well as help determine the best market structures and models for the infrastructure.

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

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