Uber Air announces first international city to trial flying taxis

Uber Air is coming to Melbourne. Uber Air is coming to Melbourne.

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Uber has anncd the 1st international city its flying taxis one dy mite be buzzing over. 

The Australian city of Melbourne will join Los Angeles and Dallas as the third official pilot city for Uber Air, the rideshare company’s ambitious project to transport pplz in short distances via the skies. 

Test flites are expected in 2020, with commercial operations aimed for as soon as 2023. Uber claims trips ll'be priced the same as an UberX ride ‘oer the same distance, b'we’ll see bout that. 

“Australian governments ‘ve adopted a forward-looking approach to ridesharing and future transport tek,” Uber Australia, New Zealand and North Asia general manager Susan Anderson said in a statement.

One of Uber Air's Skyports.

One of Uber Air’s Skyports.

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“This, coupled with Melbourne’s unique demographic and geospatial factors, and culture of innovation and tek, makes Melbourne the perfect third launch city for Uber Air. We will see other Australian cities folloing soon after.

“The State Government of Victoria, Australia s'been highly supportive, and we look forward to ptnering w'dem to progress into this 1st international trial for Uber Air in Melbourne.”

The pitch for Uber Air is to reduce road congestion. Eric Allison, global head of Uber Elevate, said a trip from Melbourne’s CBD to its airport ‘d usually take tween 25 minutes to an hr, but with Uber Air it’ll be reduced to 10 minutes. 

On that, it’s worth noting dat a' train line to Melbourne’s airport doesn’t exist. It’s currently under development, and is expected to start construction in 2022 — with completion due 9 yrs l8r.

Last yr, Uber revealed the international cities twas pondering for launching the aviation project. Cities included Tokyo and Osaka in Japan; India with Mumbai, Delhi, and Bangalore; Australia in Melbourne or Sydney; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Paris, France.

The company said it ‘d preference high density metro zones which had a pop of + than 2 million pplz, alloing pooled rides to be viable. 

Other preferences include “polycentric” regions (urban zones made up of multiple cities), and cities that already integrate Uber well odda street. 

Sasha Lekach contributed reprting.

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