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Uber picks Melbourne as first non-US flying taxi testbed

Uber picks Melbourne as first non-US flying taxi testbed

Mubasher: Uber plans to offer its flying-taxi commercial services outside the US from 2023, choosing Melbourne as the first city to roll out the company’s overseas programme, CNN reported.

Test flights for the so-called Uber Air service will start next year, the US ride-hailing giant said in a statement.

Melbourne will be the third city to witness test flights of Uber's aerial taxis, after Dallas and Los Angeles in the US.

Passenger will be able to catch flights from building tops in battery-run aircraft, which land and take off like helicopters, the statement said.

“We will see other Australian cities following soon after,” Uber’s Australia regional manager Susan Anderson said.

Uber, one of several companies racing towards an aerial transportation reality, has partnered with NASA on its flying-taxi programme, called Elevate.

On a side note, Uber is taking its ride-hailing business to the skies in other aspects, as it will launch a helicopter service on 9 July from Manhattan to JFK Airport, CNN said.