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About Air Taxis: Australian Melbourne was selected for initial testing outside of the Americas



The test flights in the Australian city begin next year, and the hail company is aiming to offer commercial service from 2023, as announced on Tuesday.

"Other Australian cities will follow soon," said Susan Anderson, Uber's regional manager for Australia, at the company's annual airline conference in Washington, DC.

Melbourne will be the third city in which trials with Uber take place flying taxis to Dallas, Texas and Los Angeles, California. The electric taxis are flown by a pilot.

Even when it comes to developing autonomous electric aircraft a few years away, Uber is already exploiting its service in other ways.

The company will begin a helicopter service from Manhattan to JFK Airport on July 9. It is said that customers would save an hour's travel time during the rush hour in the afternoon by buying a ticket worth around $ 200 for the eight-minute flight. Increased air traffic in cities after two accidents in New York City in the last few weeks.

  Helicopter crashes can not stop Uber's dream of flying cars.
A helicopter crashed on the roof of Monday's Manhattan Building killing the pilot. The National Transportation Safety Board investigates the crash. The death occurred weeks after a helicopter crash in the Hudson River in Manhattan. There were no deaths in this incident.

"For us, this underscores the need to make safety the absolute foundation of our actions," said Eric Allison, director of Elevate at Uber.

Security will also be a key concern for Uber in Australia, where it currently has nearly 4 million customers of its regular ride-hail service.

"We will continue to work with communities and governments to ensure that we create a safe, quiet and [and] environmentally conscious urban aviation ride-through network," Anderson said.

Matt McFarland has contributed to this report.


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