Uber, the company that liberates us from the frustration of whistling for taxis along the busy roadside, plans to have to the air covered by 2023. In between, it is also working to realized fully autonomous passenger transport and also introduced on-demand boat services. So, the American multinational transportation company pretty much has the land, air and sea transportation covered. All that is left to cover now is the space and below the water.
While we may not see space Uber anytime soon, underwater transportation is already a thing. Meet scUber, the world’s first ride-sharing submarine. However, the concept of ride-sharing with scUber differs slightly. Instead of getting you from point A to point B as a form publicly available transportation, this on-demand submarine will bring you on an underwater tour to the Great Barrier Reef. So, to call it a ride-sharing seems kind of gimmicky when it is more like an underwater reef tour.
Anyways, scUber is real and it is happening in Queensland in Australia. Starting from May 27 to June 18, 2019, riders in selected Queensland cities will have the chance to request a scUber ride from their Uber app. So, interested residents of the sunshine state do take note. At time of this writing, this service/experience is available to riders in Gladstone, Cairns, Port Douglas and Palm Cove, and only on specific dates. There’s a minimum of one trip for two on the set dates.
Before you hit on the request button, you do need to know that this underwater escape does not come cheap. It will run you back at $3,000 for two people. Yikes. You probably could fly to somewhere else far with the kind of money. However, the hefty fee does include picking and drop-off from your location and a return trip helicopter ride.
Also, it is all in the name environment because, Uber will be donating the equivalent value of every scUber ride taken to Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef.