Uber Air announces first global city to trial flying taxis

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.

Uber Air shuttles could soon be a familiar sight in the skies above Melbourne. As TechCrunch reports, Uber's head of Elevate, Eric Allison, gave a presentation Tuesday about how the company expects the economics of electric helicopter services should make it cheaper than owning a auto, and just as cheap as ordering an Uber X within a few years.

"This, coupled with Melbourne's unique demographic and geospatial factors ... makes Melbourne the flawless third launch city for Uber Air".

While the company looks to deploy air taxis and its corresponding infrastructure by 2023, Uber believes that the air taxi will eventually become cheaper than driving a auto.

And now with the third market being chosen in Australia the company is aiming to commercially launch Uber Air in the three markets by 2023.

Test flights are to start in 2020 with commercial operations planned for 2023.

'Australian governments have adopted a forward-looking approach to ridesharing and future transport technology, ' she said.

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

Like Uber's vehicle service, prices will vary based on demand, but the company expects the typical fare to be between $200 and $225 per person.

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A number of aviation companies are now prototyping vertical take-off and land (VTOL) aircraft - essentially helicopters - to be used as part of the Uber Air service.

"In the coming years, with Uber Air, we want to make it possible for people to push a button and get a flight", Uber Elevate head Eric Allison added.

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

A concept for Uber's electric "flying taxi" project, due to launch in Melbourne in 2020.

Uber expects the second-most popular route will be between Melbourne and Geelong, a 75km trip that takes over an hour by auto but would be cut to less than 20 minutes by air.

If the trial is successful, Uber plans to introduce the service to Sydney, offering flights from the CBD to the Central Coast.

For some reason that we can't fully grasp, people continue to look to flying cars as a valid means of transportation in the future.

Victorian Government Assistant Treasurer Robin Scott said the Uber Air trial plays up the state's leadership in "transformative technologies". Sign up here and stay on top of the latest money, news and tech news.

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