Uber has picked Melbourne as the first city outside the United States to debut its flying taxis.
Test flights in the Australian city will begin by next year and the ride-hailing company is aiming to offer a commercial service from 2023, it announced Tuesday.
“We will see other Australian cities following soon after,” Susan Anderson, Uber’s regional manager for Australia, said at the company’s annual flying car conference in Washington, D.C.
Melbourne will be the third city to host trials of Uber’s flying taxis, after Dallas, Texas, and Los Angeles, California. The electric taxis will be flown by a pilot.
Uber has partnered with NASA on its flying taxi program, which it calls Elevate, and is one of several companies racing to make aerial vehicles a reality. Other big names in the business include Rolls Royce and Boeing.
Even as it works on developing autonomous, electric flying vehicles — which are still several years away — Uber is already taking its service to the skies in other ways.
The company will start a helicopter service on July 9 from Manhattan to JFK Airport. It says customers will save an hour of travel time during the afternoon rush hour by buying a roughly $200 ticket on the eight-minute flight.
But the rollout of that service is now clouded by safety concerns about increased air traffic in cities, following two accidents in New York City in recent weeks.
1）debut n.初次登场 v.首次推出
to make your debut首次亮相
He made his debut as a pianist at the age of six.
Their debut single is a stunner.
aerial bombardment 空袭
the aerial liner between Paris and Hong Kong 法国和香港间的航班
文中” aerial vehicle”，指飞行器，飞行汽车。
3）cloud v. 使黯然；使受质疑
Emotion clouded his judgement.
The scandals still cloud the politician’s reputation.