Uber Air Announces Melbourne Its First Pilot City

Uber Air Announces Melbourne Its First Pilot City

13/06/2019 0 By M Zaman

World’s most popular ride sharing company Uber was limited to taxi. But in the recent years the company has changed a lot. It is expanding into other projects like Uber Eats, a food delivery project.

Most recently the company has announced in a press release, it will let divers to see Great Barrier Reef.

However, the company has most recently announced another project called “Uber Air”. A project that will let its riders to enjoy flying taxi.

It is also expected that flying taxi will become popular it could replace the ordinary taxi in the very nearer future.

Uber has selected Melbourne, an Australian city for its pilot scheme alongside US cities Los Angeles and Dallas.

This project is scheduled to start from 2020 before it become fully operational in 2023.

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. Today, over 3.8 million Aussies regularly use Uber as a reliable way to get from A to B, and governments across the country have recognised the important role ridesharing plays in the future of transport for our cities.”

Uber VTOL aircraft

Uber VTOL aircraft (Image: Uber)

“The State Government of Victoria, Australia has been highly supportive, and we look forward to partnering with them to progress into this first international trial for Uber Air in Melbourne,” said Susan.

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Once this project is fully implemented it will cut congestion on the ground. Congestion is a one of the growing concern among cities from all over the world.

Congestion currently costs Australia $16.5 billion annually and it is likely to exceed $30 billion by 2030.

Eric Allison, the global head of Uber Elevate, said: “As major cities grow, the heavy reliance on private car ownership will not be sustainable. Uber Air holds enormous potential to help reduce road congestion. For example, the 19 kilometre journey from the CBD to Melbourne airport can take anywhere from 25 minutes to around an hour by car in peak hour but with Uber Air this will take around 10 minutes.”

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“Uber’s technology is changing the way people move around their cities — from bikes to pooled rides, we are always looking for ways to reduce the need for private car ownership. 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-Skyport (Image: Uber)

“We are delighted that Melbourne has been chosen as the first international trial city for Uber Air. Victoria is a dynamic, innovative tech state and an economy leading the Asia Pacific region in transformative technologies,” said the Hon Robin Scott, Assistant Treasurer, Government of Victoria, Australia who spoke at the Washington Summit.

Uber also announced its partnerships with leading Australian companies like Macquarie, Telstra and Scentre Group(owner and operator of Westfield in Australia and New Zealand). Additionally, it will work with key partners including Melbourne Airport to create a successful urban aviation network.

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