Activate Flight Mode: Melbourne is Getting Flying Ubers

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope, it’s just your Uber driver coming to pick you up.

While the rideshare company isn’t ready to switch Hondas for helicopters quite yet, it has announced Melbourne as the first city outside of the US to trial UberAir.

Travelling by “electrical vertical take-off” vehicles, customers will be picked up and dropped at rooftop “Skyports”… for the price of a standard UberX.

Test flights are set to begin as early as next year, with the first commercial flights scheduled for 2023.

Uber spokesman Eric Allison hopes the ambitious plan will reduce traffic congestion – something that currently costs the Australian government an estimated $16.5 billion a year.

“The 19km journey from the CBD to Melbourne airport can take anywhere from 25 minutes to around an hour by car in peak hour, but with Uber Air this will take around 10 minutes,” he said.

CBD to the airport in 10 minutes? In a flying car? That’s a guaranteed five-star rating from us.

Illustration by Uber Elevate

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