Airbus is trialling its own air taxi service using a prototype electric aircraft, similar to a drone, which can take off and land vertically.
In brief: Uber has picked a third test city to host trials of its flying taxi service.
The Uber Air project states that riders can take a special vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (VTOL) which can travel between "skyports" capable of handling up to 1,000 landings per hour.
The future of urban transport?Each city will have five to seven skyports and an airport.
Even as Uber announced Melbourne, Australia, as its first global city for the expansion of its futuristic flying taxi service Uber Air, a top company executive said that India continues to be an important market for this vertical. By the time Guerrero tried to register a auto he owned as a for-hire vehicle, the city was no longer issuing new registrations.
"We want to make it possible for people to push a button and get a flight".
"The next step is to take a look at what the Federal Aviation Administration in the U.S. and EASA (European Union Aviation Safety Agency) in Europe are doing with regard to passenger travel and decide on taking steps for that too", he said.
Former Las Vegas Police Lieutenant Randy Sutton on the mounting safety concerns over ride sharing services after a University of SC student was murdered after getting in a vehicle she mistakenly thought was the Uber she had ordered.
The company will start a helicopter service on July 9 from Manhattan to JFK Airport.
"The airport is one of the key types of trips this sort of technology will attract ... it's definitely going to boost Melbourne's reputation", he tells SmartCompany.
Scentre Group, meanwhile, has jumped on board as an infrastructure partner.
"Not only is the mayor's policy hurting app drivers by forcing them to pay exorbitant fees to rent a vehicle, but he has proposed nothing to fix the current medallion system that only benefits lenders and taxi insiders", Uber said in a statement.
Gibson says CASA will need to assess whether prospective pilots fall within the current licensing framework, but says anyone flying one of the vehicles will need to be "properly trained".