Taxi-hailing company Uber on Wednesday claimed that its air taxi can cut travel time in a congested city like Mumbai by 90 percent.
It had termed Dallas and Los Angeles from the US as the initial two cities to its commercial launch of its aerial taxi service by 2023 and has been looking to select an global city as its third spouse.
Uber has shortlisted five states – India, Japan, Australia, Brazil, and France – and one of them will host the initial Uber Air City outside of the usa. Eric Allison, chief executive, Uber Aviation Program, exemplified the 100-minute road journey from town airport in the western suburbs to downtown Churchgate in South Mumbai can come down to ten minutes using the futuristic support.
He added that the cost of flying through the ceremony, which intends to utilize rooftops of high rises and vertical dedicated’skyports’, will probably be at par with its own flights.
“This is the type of urban mobility game changer that this kind of alternative brings. We think that once we are in a position to do it in scale because we are able to drive completely to it with the price these VTOL (vertical take-off landing) vehicles produce, we could do it at a price comparable to our Uber X price per passenger mile basis,” said Allison.
He gave a demonstration on the ceremony, explaining that the vehicles used for this are similar to helicopters with multiple rotors which will fly to maintain the airspace free for jets and have low noise levels.
Based on reports, Allison is supposed to meet government officials in New Delhi Thursday for the ceremony. According to the company, it is targeting to get electric powered vehicles which can fly in congested cities and is hoping for developments in battery technology for creating up to 100km trips. It finally aims to fly the vehicles automatic, sans any motorists, to perform many trips across towns.