Uber’s Flying Cars Coming to Pakistan?
Uber is ready to add a third city to its flying taxi pilot program. But this time, it’s looking to go international.
The ride-hailing company announced during its two-day Elevate Summit that it’s taking applications until Jul. 1 from international cities that want to become an uberAIR launch city. The company has already announced plans to launch its flying taxi service in Dallas and Los Angeles.
Uber plans to launch flying taxi demonstrations in 2020 and commercial trips by 2023. Uber’s flying cars, or more accurately vertical take-off and landing aircrafts, are at the center of this system. These VTOL vehicles would theoretically help passengers leapfrog snarling traffic and speed up transportation between suburbs and cities.
In Uber’s view, the ideal international city has more than 2 million people and a density of 2,000 people per square mile. There should also be a large airport nearby that takes people more than one hour to get to and from the city center due to distance and other constraints like traffic.
Anthony Le Roux, General Manager for Middle East and Africa Region, said “We can see flying cars much sooner in Pakistan than the complicated driverless cars. The Pakistani market surprises not only me but the entire Uber management across the globe as the country surpasses all expectations and goals, which the company has set for itself.”