Uber Elevate, the US ride-sharing major’s aerial taxi arm, is considering India as one of the five countries where it wants to launch the service. An Uber team conveyed this to Union minister of state for aviation Uber plans to start commercial operations of “on-demand aviation” aerial taxis by 2023 in Dallas, Los Angeles and an international city. “They are considering five countries for the launch of air taxis. Now, Uber has informed me that India is one of the five countries they are evaluating for launching air taxis. They are very close to selecting India (for this), Khosrowshahi had tweeted: “Great meeting with (Sinha) to discuss airport partnerships and future of commercial air travel in the form of flying cars.” Passenger drones will essentially be small vertical take-off and landing aircraft that can be used for urban mobility. Unlike helicopters, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft will make use of electric propulsion, which will be quiet, barely audible at flying altitude. The concept is supposed to cruise between 150 and 200 miles per hour, up to 2,000 feet above the ground. A single charge will be good enough for 60 miles of range and Uber expects the thing to need just five minutes to top up the batteries between flights. Passenger drones can enable people to travel distances of 30 to 50 km at a much higher speed than by surface transport. Our security considerations will apply to passenger drones as they do for other drones.