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Uber's Air Taxi Service Claims Can Cut 90% Travel Time In Mumbai

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| September 6 , 2018 , 15:53 IST

Ridesharing company Uber on Wednesday claimed that its air taxi service if launched in Mumbai can cut travel time by 90 percent.

Uber, with its initiative to provide air taxi, had named Dallas and Los Angeles in the US as the first two cities for its commercial launch of air taxi service by 2023 and has been looking for a third city to add.

In a bid to select a third city Uber had shortlisted five countries which are India, Japan, Australia, Brazil, and France, to select the first country to host sir taxi service outside the US.

According to reports in media, Eric Allison, chief executive, Uber Aviation Program elaborated that the 100-minute road journey from the city airport in the western suburbs to downtown Churchgate in South Mumbai can come down to 10 minutes using the futuristic service air taxi by Uber.

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Allison was quoted by PTI as saying, “This is the type of urban mobility game changer that this kind of solution brings. We think that once we are able to do it at scale as we are able to drive fully into it with the cost that these VTOL (vertical take-off landing) vehicles produce, we can do it at a cost comparable to our Uber X cost per passenger mile basis.”

He said the cost will be less as it will use rooftops of high rises and erect dedicated skyports. While giving a presentation on the service, Allison explained that the vehicles used for it are akin to helicopters with multiple rotors.

These vehicles will fly low to keep the airspace free for jets with low noise levels.

According to a Quartz India report, the US-based Uber would select India as its third partner because India is now its biggest market outside the US.

Traffic congestion costs major Indian cities Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, and Bengaluru Rs1.5 lakh crore ($21 billion) each year.