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Published March 1st 2020
Why drive when you can take a flying taxi?
Uber Air is making plans for a 1000 strong helicopter fleet to take shape in Melbourne.
Uber hit USA with a vengeance and quickly cemented itself as a terrific and often cheaper alternative to taxis around the world. In an amazing game changer, Uber is now planning to operate a fleet of 1,000 "flying taxis" and Melbourne is said to be the plan. Using a freedom of information request, the Victorian government is believed to be assisting Uber come to life in Australia.
With commencement expected in 2023, Melbourne is set to begin operations along with Dallas and Los Angeles. How on earth is the general user going to navigate with this? Quite simply, really! Just using the Uber app, will enable use, pick up and drop off in a variety of landing pads called "Skyports". Along with Uber Eats, Uber ride-sharing and charging places for Uber bikes, these skyports will take shape from parking garages.
Using the most modern and efficient of technology, Uber plans to unveil e-VTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing). A fully electric system that will allow a 100 kilometres range. In Melbourne, the 2 main routes planned are Melbourne to Geelong and Melbourne CBD to Melbourne airport and for those in a hurry, these journeys may now only take 10 minutes.
Of course, the big question for those that aren't such high flyers, is the cost. However, it is expected that it may be as little as an Uber Black trip. Currently from Melbourne CBD to the airport is around $75.
What do you think? A great step forward, easier commutes, less pollution or more problems, do you think Uber will quite literally "get it all off the ground" we would love to hear your thoughts. Use the comments box at the bottom of this article to share with us your comments.