During India’s first Global Mobility Summit, Eric Allison (Head of Aviation Programs, Uber) and Nikhil Goel (Head of Product – Aviation, Uber) privately met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to talk about the future of urban mobility in India and Uber’s role in it. Allison told Modi about Uber Elevate, the ride-sharing company’s ambitious aerial taxi project. He also talked about how uberAIR (the ride-hailing platform’s flying taxi service, which is slated to commence in 2023 in the US cities of Dallas, Texas and Los Angeles, California) and a multi-modal transportation platform can help the country’s economy, and at the same time, combat the problems of congestion and pollution.
Allison also stressed upon the laying a strong foundation for future innovations in the field of urban transportation, including eVTOL (Vertical Takeoff and Landing), carpools, and autonomous vehicles.
Commenting on his meeting with Modi, Eric Allison said, “I am very excited to be in India and to be discussing the future of urban mobility with one of the most visionary leaders in the world today, PM Modi. The Global Mobility Summit is a great initiative that is recognizing the benefits of shared mobility and looking at ways to reimagine urban mobility in conversation with industry leaders. Uber is committed to partner the govt in this mission to Move India forward.”
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It’s worth mentioning that Uber is seeking a third international market (apart from the above-mentioned cities of Dallas and Los Angeles) for its upcoming aerial taxi project, and if things go well, that market could very well turn out to be India.