With ‘Drone taxi’ being tested in countries like China, Japan, and Nevada, the Maharashtra state government has also approved the Central Government plan of a drone taxi service for Mumbai. The Union Ministry of Civil Aviation has made a presentation to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in August on its drone taxi policy and asked the government to submit a report.
The Central government is putting together a drone taxi policy with the help of Uber.“Mumbai, Delhi, and Bengaluru are some of the most congested cities in the world, where traveling even a few kilometers can take over an hour. Uber Air offers tremendous potential to help create a transportation option that goes over congestion, instead of adding to it,” the Uber announced it earlier this year during a launch of Uber Elevate in five shortlisted finalist countries that could be home to the first international Uber Air City.
What is a drone taxi service?
It is a type of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that carries passengers. The first passenger drone was introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016 by Chinese entrepreneurs and is called the Ehang 184.
Mumbai’s new Development Plan
Mumbai has been shortlisted since the city’s new Development Plan has proposed permitting helicopter landing pads atop high-rises. According to new DP 2034, any building over 200 meters in height would be allowed a helipad or landing facility when found fit by the planners.
“With the DP already provisioning for a rooftop helipad, the city is best fit to have a drone taxi service. The smaller drone with the capacity to seat two persons can take off vertically and is fit to fly and land on a rooftop,” an official said.
Uber Elevate Programme
The Uber Elevate project was launched in October 2016 as part of its plan to enhance urban mobility in cities. It has entered into partnerships with major aircraft manufacturers who are developing electric vehicles like Embraer and Bell.