Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Uber may launch aerial taxi service in India: Report

New Delhi: US ride-sharing major Uber may launch aerial taxi service in India soon. According to a Times of India report, Uber Elevate, aerial taxi arm of Uber is considering India as one of the five countries where it wants to launch the service. The daily further said that Uber officials in a meeting on Tuesday have conveyed this to Union minister of state for aviation Jayant Sinha.
“They are considering five countries for launch of air taxis. When I had met Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi (on February 22, 2018), I had stressed on him the need to do so, given our country’s consumer base. Now, Uber has informed me that India is one of the five countries they are evaluating for launching air taxis. They are very close to selecting India (for this),” the daily quoted Sinha as saying after meeting Uber’s chief business officer (India and emerging markets) Madhu Kannan.
Uber is likely to use small vertical take off and landing aircraft for this service that unlike helicopters will make use of electric propulsion and will be quiet, barely audible at flying altitude, the ToI report said. The aircraft is supposed to cruise between 150 and 200 miles per hour, up to 2,000 feet above the ground. A single charge will be good enough for 60 miles of range and Uber expects the thing to need just five minutes to top up the batteries between flights, the daily further said.
29/08/18 ET Now