Uber had recently announced that as trial cities for the aerial service, Melbourne would be joining Los Angeles and Dallas, as Uber aims to help alleviate transportation congestion on the ground by opening up urban air mobility. To test Uber Air flights from 2020, Melbourne will join Dallas and Los Angeles as the third city, which has plans for commercial operations from 2023.
Limiting traffic congestion, Uber Air has plans to use small & electric aircraft which is able to land and take-off vertically that can connect airports and other transport hubs with CBDs.
A forward-looking approach to ridesharing and future transport technology is being adopted by Australian governments that are making the ground-breaking trial possible as said by Susan Anderson who is the Regional General Manager for Uber in North Asia, New Zealand and Australia.
The global head of Uber Elevate, Eric Allison, said that it would take about 10 minutes for the journey between Melbourne Airport and the CBD with Uber Air.