Uber has decided Melbourne will be the first city outside the US to have its flying taxi service.
Flying cars are no more science fiction. Uber has made official they will start the commercial flying taxi service by 2023 in Dallas, Texas; Los Angeles, California and Melbourne, Australia.
- Uber has made it official that they will start the test drives of flying taxies, currently being called ‘Elevate’, in 2020.
- After Dallas and Los Angeles, Melbourne becomes 1st city outside the US and 3rd overall to have flying taxies service by 2023.
- Paris was the location decided for building the laboratory of flying taxi last year.
- Nasa, US Army, Embraer and Pipistrel Aircraft are working with Uber on this venture.
Many players in market ready to fly
Companies like Boeing, Airbus and many other startups are in a race with Uber to launch their own taxi first. We saw the first test of drone taxi in Dubai in 2017. Boeing already showed their prototype flying briefly in early 2019. Another flying cab service will start their testing in Singapore by the end of 2019. For Uber, it will be tough to have the first come advantage in this market but their huge customer base in many countries is what makes them the biggest contender in this race.
Well, the futuristic flying cars which we all saw in movies and cartoons are finally here, and there will be no other mode of transport more fascinating than this, except the spaceships obviously. But let us just focus on these cars right now and imagine how cool it would be flying around our neighbourhood in these automobiles.