Uber Elevate announce five countries for Flying cabs and drone delivery experiment
Uber on Thursday, 30 August, selected India as one of the first five shortlisted countries among Japan, Australia, Brazil and France at the first “Uber Elevate Asia Pacific Expo” in Tokyo that could be home to the first international Uber Air City within the next five years.
Uber will choose one city from the five shortlisted countries as its third launch city for flying taxis – after Dallas and Los Angeles in the US.
Uber Elevate also announced plans to experiment with drone delivery for Uber Eats, and demonstrated how potential Uber Air routes in Asia-Pacific cities could benefit local transportation systems.
Traffic in Indian metropolitans has always been a major concern for people. Uber isn’t the only company to show interest in helping with India’s congested traffic woes. Hyperloop is another global entity that wants to set up its fast-moving pods, enabling fast transit between cities.
Uber isn’t the first company to show interest in helping with India’s congested traffic woes. Hyperloop is another global entity that wants to set up its fast-moving pods, enabling fast transit between cities.
Uber has partnered with vehicle manufacturers, real estate developers, technology developers and more.
At the second annual Uber Elevate Summit in May, Uber announced the first two US cities Dallas and Los Angeles were the operations will begin. Uber announced it was seeking an international city as a third partner.
Japan is seen as the first potential hub for Uber Elevate.
Daisaku Hiraki, Parliamentary Vice-Minister, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan
Said, ‘We see much potential in flying cars, and we anticipate that flying cars can be used not only to help solve traffic congestion in urban areas, but it will also help with increased mobility between city centers and remote islands and mountainous areas.’