Telstra to power Uber Air urban aviation transport system trial in Melbourne

Wednesday 12 June 2019 | 10:50 CET | News
Australian operator Telstra has partnered with Uber to build a future urban aviation transport system in the city of Melbourne. Telstra will contribute its mobile network infrastructure and technology to the urban aviation transport project. Melbourne is the third city in the world to join Uber’s international pilot program for Uber Air, following Dallas and Los Angeles. As a partner for Uber Air testing in Melbourne over the next 12 months, Telstra has announced it will contribute its expertise in network infrastructure and evaluate the connectivity requirements for a future connected aviation transport system in an urban environment.

According to Telstra, 3 in 4 Melbourne inhabitants currently rely exclusively on their car to get to work, which can cause significant delays along the city’s key routes. With the population of the surrounding region set to double to 8 million people by 2050, Uber selected Melbourne to test its Uber Air service. 

Uber Air uses a new class of electric vertical take-off & landing (eVTOL) aircraft. Australia has nearly 4 million customers regularly using Uber. Telstra plans to work with Uber over the next 12 months to assess what network infrastructure, connectivity requirements and other capabilities would be required to support airspace mobility in urban centres.

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Categories: Mobile & Wireless
Companies: Telstra
Countries: Australia
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