Uber Australia has revealed that it will be launching a new app called Drone taxi in Australia in the coming weeks.
The app will let drivers take off from a given location, and fly from there to a destination, using drones to pick up passengers.
It’s one of many new innovations Uber Australia will roll out in the country in the next few months.
It is also the first Australian company to roll out a service that requires a smartphone app, instead of a smartphone.
Uber Australia CEO Tony Fernandes says the company will be expanding its presence in Australia and beyond.
“We’re seeing a huge amount of growth in the US and Europe, and we’re seeing that in Australia,” he said.
“So we want to be an early adopter of technology here and we want our drivers to be able to do this as well.”
Uber Australia is a company owned by Uber’s parent company, Waymo.
Waymo has been making waves lately with the unveiling of self-driving cars and a plan to expand its services into the US, Europe, Canada and Australia.
Fernandes says Uber’s Drone taxi service will be a part of that expansion.
“This is part of our larger global ambitions and we’ll continue to look at this,” he says.
“The idea behind drone taxi is that it’s the first of its kind for Australia.”
Drones are not cheap and they’re not easy to fly.
They take a lot of time and energy and they require a lot more skill to fly and pilot.
“Uber says its drone taxi service, called UberRides, will cost around $100 per ride.
Drivers will have to be at least 21 years old to fly an UberRide vehicle, and will need a valid driver licence and an insurance policy.
Uber has a fleet of more than 20,000 UberRiders worldwide.
Uber is currently looking to increase its presence throughout Australia, with plans to expand into the states of WA, Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales.
It recently announced that it was adding 200 new drivers to its fleet.