Uber’s Flying Taxis Might Come To Bengaluru
After LA and Dallas, Uber Technologies Inc. named Melbourne as the first city outside the US for its Uber Air services. But India was a top-contender too. And still is. According to a LiveMint report, Uber Air thinks of India as a huge market and is likely to venture into the country next. Eric Allison, who heads Uber Elevate – the aerial taxi sharing summit that was a two-day flying-taxi summit, Uber Elevate Summit 2019 – was quoted saying, “We are very interested in India in terms of potential for the Uber Air market in the long run. It’s certainly on top of the list of the next places we want to go to.”
India’s Bengaluru was/are potential candidates. Allison also added, “India presents challenges with respect to the way we are actually able to operationalize Uber Air in the country and we had some discussions with the aviation authority and several of the state government representatives and it looks promising.”
Flying taxis are ambitious, futuristic and in our opinion pretty cool. They are bound to make transit simpler and shorter of course. While we don’t know the price point it will come at, for the time being, we are zapped that something like this is making its way to our country. The tests for the flying taxis are in the pipeline this year for Uber Air and post that they will be commercially deployed by 2023 in the three cities. After that, we can look at it coming to India. How cool is that, huh?