A fleet of jet powered vehicles, Uber’s flying taxis will run on rotors capable of vertical take off and landing and horizontal flight.
It seems from the basic criteria that Mumbai, New Delhi and Bengaluru will get the UberAir service.
At the Uber Elevate Summit 2019 currently held in Washington DC, Uber Elevate’s head Eric Allison has confirmed that he sees India as a strong market to introduce its air taxi service.
As per a report by liveMINT, Uber has singled out Melbourne as its first city outside of the US to commence its Uber Air services
and claims that India will be an important market for its futuristic flying taxi service.
While choosing cities, Uber looks for a metropolitan area with a density of over 2,000 people per square mile and a population of over 2 million people.
Polycentric cities with traffic dense congestion and cities with conducive and stable environmental conditions are given preference.
Last year, Uber stated that they would begin piloting aerial taxis in Dallas and Los Angeles.
In this time, they would also be searching to launch this service in cities outside the United States with India’s Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru being at the top of their priority list.
However, Uber has already chosen Melbourne as its third market and they will begin to launch this service commercially by 2023 in these three cities.
Bengaluru has already got its heli-taxi service which also happens to be India’s first heli-taxi service.
The heli-taxi will transport commuters from the airport to Electronic City In Phase1. Tickets are priced at ₹4,130 per seat.