Treasurer and Minister for Economic Development Tim Pallas said he was “thrilled” about the new partnership and its potential to enhance Victoria’s transport network.
The service would use an electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft known an eVTOL to transport passengers. Uber estimates that the eVTOL aircraft would operate at noise levels comparable to a Toyota Prius at around seven to eight metres from the listener, driving by at 56 km/h. eVTOLs are designed to carry four passengers, plus a pilot.
The service would function via the Uber app, allowing passengers to travel across a number of landing pads known as “Skyports” on various rooftops throughout the CBD.
Been out of country for a while, but just found this one. The Minister is thrilled that something carrying as much as one taxi is going to enhance the transport network. Just shows how little ministers, and pollies in general, understand aviation.
Has anybody in the Melbourne area been asked about this one happening yet? I would love to hear how many buildings in the CBD have signed up for their vacant rooftop to be used by these things.
I am also amused by their assertion that an electric vehicle, trying to hold its own weight plus that of 5 people off the ground with 12 or 16 screaming little rotors will ever be quieter than a Prius cruising past.