The Flying Taxi Project of Uber is heating-up. After India, Japan also has been chosen by Uber as a candidate to conduct trails of the flying taxi project which would be a revolution in the public transport domain. The selection will be done in a time span of six months post which the demonstrations for the flights will begin in 2020. Apart from India and Japan, Australia, Brazil and France have been selected for the Uber Flying Cab project.
Population and lack of extreme weather were among the top considerations mulled by Uber while choosing the potential candidates. Uber acknowledges the fact that Japan is a nation with the most contemporary and advanced public transport systems hence it becomes a natural choice.
Uber Flying Taxi Project
Uber is hopeful that it’s flying taxi project which will be called UberAIR will be highly successful in terms of being an efficient mode of transport and will save travel time hence making life easier for people.
Uber wants to develop electric flying taxis which would be capable of vertical landings and takeoffs. These flying taxis will offer a top speed of 320 kmph at an altitude varying between 300 metres and 600 metres. In a single charging cycle, they would be able to fly for 96 kilometres.
Japan has backed the proposals made by Uber and has launched a public-private Council to look into the matter. Japan hopes that these flying cars will solve transportation problems faced by the mountainous and the remote areas or islands which have traditionally been deprived of an efficient transport system. Japan is highly vulnerable to natural disasters and hence Japan also hopes that these flying cars will come in handy while tackling natural disasters.
The council set up by Japan held its first meeting on Wednesday and it was attended by more than 20 exports and businessmen including representatives from Uber. Japan wants to put flying cars into practical use by 2020 and is keen to develop a roadmap soon.