Uber is developing a drone-based taxi service in India, according to Recode, which first reported the news.
The news comes on the heels of the company’s acquisition of Grab, a ride-hailing service in China, which was rumored to be making a bid for Uber, and an announcement by the ride-sharing service Uber India that it would expand to India.
The company is still in the process of figuring out what it wants to do with the service, but the company said in a blog post that the new drone-like taxi will be built by a partnership between Uber and Tata Motors.
The drone taxi will have a “small drone that can carry passengers on a short distance,” Uber wrote.
“This means that we will not need to build a dedicated landing zone for the vehicle and it will be able to use all available airspace,” the blog post said.
The drone-carrier concept could allow the Uber app to be used by passengers while the driver is working from home.
Uber has been trying to launch drones for years, with the company using the Phantom drone to ferry riders from San Francisco to New York last year, but there’s been little progress on the ground.
Uber India has already taken orders for drones from customers in several countries, including the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and Singapore.