Uber Announces to Bring Flying Taxis in India Within Next 5 years

Roman Schwartz
September 2, 2018

What's more, Uber expects the aerial service to cost lesser than the cab services, at least in the long-term.

Uber has moved one step closer to realising its ambitions of launching a fleet of "flying taxis" after it shortlisted five countries that could one day host its uberAIR services.

It also announced its plans to experiment with drone delivery for its food delivery platform Uber Eats.

Originally, Dubai was selected as the first city out of the USA to have the service but the deal failed to materialise because of delays. Uber intends to achieve this feat with "Uber Elevate", one of its most ambitious projects yet.

Uber stated that it is looking for a metropolitan area with a population of over 2 million people and a density of over 2,000 people per square mile.

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Uber on Thursday, 30 August, selected India as one of the first five shortlisted countries among Japan, Australia, Brazil and France at the first "Uber Elevate Asia Pacific Expo" in Tokyo that could be home to the first global Uber Air City within the next five years.

Uber's Elevate program is creating urban aerial ridesharing, globally.

Uber's flying taxis will be a fleet of jet powered vehicles, running on rotors capable of vertical take off and landing and horizontal flight. However, in YouTube video commercial that Uber has made for Elevate, we can see 4-seater aeroplanes that seem to be powered by two motor engines and take not much space, at least not more than conventional 4-seater helicopters. Tokyo and Osaka in Japan were shortlisted for having one of the world's most enviable public transit systems while Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru in India were chosen for being some of the most congested cities in the world.

The company says it is now officially working with regulators and city planners across the five countries, with plans to announce its third Uber Air test city within six months. While it now takes approximately 1 hour to reach the airport from the most cities or higher, with these new air mobility services this might go down to just 10 minutes saving everyone's time. The air cabs are expected to use electric power alone, and fly about 100 km on a single full charge. It aims to have the cars travel at a top speed of 320 kph at an altitude of 300 to 600 meters.

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