Uber to pilot its Uber Air service in Melbourne

Uber Elevate_Drone Delivery- San Diego

Uber Elevate_Drone Delivery- San Diego

This decision was announced at the Uber Elevate Summit held in Washington, where the ridesharing giant unveiled new objectives for its ambitious vision of aerial ridesharing. The city also has unique demographic and geospatial factors, as well as a culture of innovation and technology.

But not to worry - if it's a success, other Australian cities are expected to follow suit soon after the trial. The Uber flying taxi tests in Melbourne will begin in 2020 and the company estimates that the first commercial operations will start in 2023. So, get ready for take-off!

Susan Anderson, Regional General Manager for Uber in Australia, New Zealand and North Asia, said: "Since we entered the market in 2012, Australians have embraced Uber wholeheartedly".

The Uber Air services will carry four passengers and a pilot, and will take off and land from designated hubs called "skyports".

The US ride-sharing firm had previously chosen Dubai as the first test site outside the United States for its flying taxi service but reopened its request for proposals last month after launch delays in the Middle Eastern city.

Besides the regular suspects in the aviation industry, Uber newest partner and air taxi contender is Jaunt Air Mobility.

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In connection with this, Uber has reached collaboration agreements with Macquarie, Telstre, Scentre Group and the Melbourne airport as "key partners" to develop its operations in the country while collaborating with NASA to create an air traffic control system that seeks to manage its fleet of flying taxis.

The Uber Air service is created to work in tandem with Uber's auto service as a "multimodal" option that helps speed passengers to their destinations.

The aerial option will be included on the Uber smartphone app that will include ground and air transportation and pool travelers into one aircraft.

Uber chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi said earlier Tuesday that the helicopters will eventually be replaced "by a generation of electrically powered vertical takeoff and landing vehicles".

He added that "we want a pricing of this service that will be available for the masses versus just the elites".

"As major cities grow, the heavy reliance on private vehicle ownership will not be sustainable", said Eric Allison, global head of the company's aviation division Uber Elevate. The fares are promised to be in the same price range as UberX premium rides.

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