On Thursday, Uber announced that the company Shortlists Five countries which will consider as the market to host the launched flights for the flying taxi service. Uber Air is currently working to develop flying Taxi, they want to launch a demonstration in 2020 and will start Paid functional service by 2023. The previous year, Uber named Dallas and Los Angeles as the first two launch cities of the flying taxi.
In the recent announcement, the company added five more countries which are: Japan, France, Brazil, Australia, and India. Dubai, however, was selected as Uber’s first international city but the deal ended shortly after that. Uber plans to give the world’s first ever electric powered air taxis, for that, they have given dozens of ideas, organized two well-attended summits, collaborated with aircraft manufacturing, battery technology, real estate, and government regulation.
“We are proud to host the first ever Uber Elevate Asia Pacific Expo. We are announcing a shortlist of five countries where Uber Air can immediately transform transportation and take our technology to new heights,” said Eric Allison, Head of Uber Aviation Programmes.
If we look at the facts such kind of flying technology needs time and advance testing to be operational, there is still not any proof that the current tech could provide the service Uber envisions. To make flights possible, Uber need lightweight batteries to power the taxi. To deal with this issue the company is working on lightweight electric-powered vertical takeoff and landing known as VTOL, or eVTOL aircraft.
Uber shortlists five countries because of some advantages it provides, like Japan handle most of the public transportation, automotive advancements, and technology. Australia already planned to work on Urban Air transport, In France, the company is building the advanced technology hub, India is one of the most congested country in the globe, whereas in Brazil many helicopters already being used as a taxi service. Uber aims to launch its flying taxi service within the next five years.