San Francisco - 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.
And they will be able to beat gridlocked roads by flying in one of Uber’s electric planes at speeds of between 240km/h and 320km/h, the company said.
The planes could cover up to 100km on a single charge, with batteries boosted again within five minutes.
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.