Uber Air Melbourne is coming soon.
The future is now: A new way to get around Melbourne is here with the launch of Uber Aur Melbourne.
A new flying machine developed by Uber is coming to Melbourne. The aircraft will be a piloted electric passenger plane with specific Uber design.
The project is launching with the help of private equity, banks, Telstra and Melbourne Airport.
There will be city sky ports constructed as part of the project.
The plan was revealed by Uber at its Elevate summit in Washington.
The new type of aircraft is being designed by Uber’s manufacturing partners Bell and Boeing. The electric choppers are designed to carry four people with hand luggage of up to 18 kgs.
The he ambitious project could roll out to other cities in the future.
“Australian governments have adopted a forward-looking approach to ridesharing and future transport technology,” said Susan Anderson, regional general manager for Uber in Australia, New Zealand and North Asia.
“This, coupled with Melbourne’s unique demographic and geospatial factors, and culture of innovation and technology, makes Melbourne the perfect third launch city for Uber Air.
“We will see other Australian cities following soon after.”
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) told ABC Radio Melbourne they would work with the company to ensure safety.
“There are lots of challenges there — technical, logistical and very much … safety,” CASA spokesman Peter Gibson said.
“We need to make sure that at every stage, all the safety boxes have been ticked, that they’ve gone through all the risks, identified them and worked out how they’re going to manage those risks.”
Uber says it’s flying machine is not a helicopter but something quite different.
The closest equivalent technology in use today is the helicopter,” the paper said.
“But helicopters are too noisy, inefficient, polluting and expensive for mass-scale use,” they said in 2016.
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