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Uber has said that it could be running a flying taxi service in four years.
Passengers using the smartphone app will be collected from pick-up points on the top of a tall office building, a multi-storey car park or a shopping centre.
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And they will be able to beat gridlocked roads by flying in one of Uber's electric planes at speeds of between 150 and 200mph, the company said.
The planes could cover up to 60 miles on a single charge, with batteries boosted again within five minutes.
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The service is not intended for the elite. The company hopes to offer its flying taxi service at a price only a third higher than the cost of a normal taxi.
For example, it could cost £46 to complete a 25-mile journey in an ordinary Uber taxi, but £70 using UberAir.
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A spokesman said UberAir will make its debut in the American cities of Los Angeles and Dallas in 2023, with global expansion planned in the years after that. It is hoping the taxis may fly in British skies in the next decade, but the UK debut will depend on successful launches in other locations first.
And it will probably be more difficult for Uber to launch them in British cities than abroad because of the UK's strict airspace regulations.
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The electric planes, which will fly between 1,000 and 2,000ft above ground, have become 'a core need' in cities where traffic-congested routes are at breaking point, according to Uber.
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