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Uber Denies Report of Unmanned Flying Taxis Testing in Kenya


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Uber Denies Report of Unmanned Flying Taxis Testing in Kenya

Contrary to an earlier report by a local newspaper that Uber is planning to introduce and test unmanned flying taxis, it has now emerged that this is not so according to Bloomberg.

The report had indicated that Uber Technologies and Facebook had sought permission from Kenya’s aviation regulator to test drone activities locally following the legalization of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).

The paper had quoted Kenya Civil Aviation Authority Director-General Gilbert Kibe.

“Facebook and Uber have requested if we can allow them to test their projects in the country,” said Mr. Kibe Wednesday.

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But according to Uber’s spokeswoman for Africa, Samantha Allenberg, Uber has no plans to introduce drones in the country.

But Kibe also mentioned that the authority had in the past held informal talks with the company about the possibility of introducing Unmanned Flying Taxis in the country.

“They have not made a formal request. They asked if it was something we would consider. It was not a formal conversation.” said Mr. Kibe.                                                                      

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