“The Flying Taxi Cab”
Uber launches its pilot program in the US city through a very busy predetermined route that can last at least one hour by car. The “Concept” will make the journey in just eight minutes.
This company celebrates the Uber Elevate Summit in Washington on June 11 and 12. An event in which will reveal its novelties in the development of urban aviation. Hand in hand with representatives of the industry and the government, Uber has always defended that air travel will be a reality in 2023. Until then it is time to investigate, develop a regulation that does not exist at the moment and, above all, make tests. Therefore, it will start its air cab service, with the so-called “uber choppers”, starting next July 9 in New York and in Melbourne in 2020.
The Australian city has been chosen to carry out test flights, thus joining Dallas and Los Angeles, the other two pilot cities.
Bell Nexus is the new “concept”, as this air taxi service is known, which Uber has presented to start its first flights. Eric Allison, who runs Uber Elevate, said how the growing congestion in cities increasingly limits travel in their own cars.
“About what we can do on the ground there is a limit,” he said in this regard. Faced with this situation, his choice is clear: “We can take transportation to heaven in a meaningful way.”
Congestion is a growing concern in large cities around the world. But only in Australia, it causes an expenditure of more than 16,500 million dollars a year. This will increase by some 30,000 million dollars more by 2030.
Trips for 200 dollars
On the other hand, the users of New York will begin to try this revolutionary service starting next July 9. According to Nikhil Goel, of Uber Elevate, they will pay between 200 and 225 dollars for the air taxi. This will cover a predetermined route that will go between a location near the ferry from Staten Island to the JFK airport. A flight time of approximately eight minutes.
The cost, as assured by the responsible, will vary depending on the demand. The maximum capacity of these first flying cabs will be five passengers and two pilots. The idea is that, in the future, cabs are autonomous, something in which the deployment of 5G will be fundamental.