Australia to bring flying taxis to cities in 5 years, officials say

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 29.12.2018 23:57
Updated 30.12.2018 12:04
A model of Uber's electric vertical take-off  and  landing vehicle concept (eVTOL) flying taxi is displayed at the second annual Uber Elevate Summit, on May 8, 2018  (AFP File Photo)
A model of Uber's electric vertical take-off and landing vehicle concept (eVTOL) flying taxi is displayed at the second annual Uber Elevate Summit, on May 8, 2018 (AFP File Photo)

Australia plans to bring "flying taxi" services to the country within five years via international companies such as Uber, the country's Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) announced.

The state owned company CASA said there are no significant obstacles to bring the flying taxi application to the metropolitans and business districts, the ABC news reported.

Peter Gibson, spokesman for CASA said that the plans are reliable and can be implemented within five years.

"There are companies, and I'm talking about big multinational companies, investing big dollars," Gibson said.

He said that Uber had already approached CASA to discuss regulatory issues around the use of air taxis.

Noting that the flying taxi application will not be different from renting a helicopter, but at more reasonable prices, Gibson said: "They do this on an electric aircraft controlled by a traffic management system, but they do it at a cheaper price than you can hire a helicopter. That's all they do."

Uber had signed an agreement with the American aerospace agency NASA last May to launch a similar application in the United States by 2020.

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