Japan, India shortlisted for launch of Uber flying taxis

Uber has shortlisted five countries to launch its Uber Air “flying taxi” service, three of which are in Asia-Pacific.

After announcing plans to introduce electric-powered air taxis to Los Angeles and Dallas, the company now says Japan, France, Brazil, Australia and India are in the running for the third launch location.

In a statement, Uber says its criteria for the third international city include having a metropolitan population of more than two million people, dispersed population hubs, an airport at least an hour away from the city centre, and a willingness to back carpooling services.

The move comes amid heightened interest in lightweight, electric-powered, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL, or eVTOL) aircraft. There are at least 19 companies developing flying car plans, including Boeing and Airbus, according to a report by The Verge.

Uber plans to announce the chosen country in six months, after which it will launch its flying taxi service within the next five years, although it should be noted that the technology is still in its early stages.

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