Dubai Plans To Introduce Flying Taxis
As part of government’s effort to ease vehicular movement in the ever busy Dubai, the Roads and Transport Authority is set to introduce automated flying taxis across the busy roads of the city. This flying taxis is known as the Drone which was designed to carry a single passenger and a small suitcase.Read the full story below as reported by the New York Times: Dubai Plans To Introduce Flying Taxis
Passenger drones, capable of carrying a single rider and a small suitcase, will begin buzzing above the emirate as early as July, according to the director of the city’s transportation authority, part of an ambitious plan to increase driverless technology. Dubai Plans To Introduce Flying Taxis
Already, the eight-rotor drone, made by the Chinese firm Ehang, has flown test runs past the Burj Al Arab, Dubai’s iconic, sail-shaped skyscraper. Dubai Plans To Introduce Flying Taxis
The drone “is not just a model but it has really flown in Dubai skies,” Mattar Al Tayer, the director general of Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority, said on Monday, adding that the emirate would “spare no effort to launch” autonomous aerial vehicles by July. Dubai Plans To Introduce Flying Taxi
The Ehang 184 can fly up to 31 miles, or about 30 minutes, on a single battery charge. It has a top speed of 100 miles per hour, but the authorities said it would typically operate at 62 m.p.h. Dubai Plans To Introduce Flying Taxis
The craft can carry a 220-pound passenger, according to a promotional video produced by the Roads and Transport Authority, which depicts a man boarding the vessel, buckling into a race car-style harness and tapping his destination on a touch screen before taking off.
The video describes the Ehang 184 drone as “autopiloted, directed and monitored via a command center.”
According to the manufacturer, the drone is equipped with fail-safe technology and in the event of a malfunction “will immediately land in the nearest possible area to ensure safety.”
The drone is the latest in a series of measures to impose cutting-edge technology to help with the city’s congested roadways.
The ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, announced last year that 25 percent of all journeys in the city would be conducted by driverless vehicles by 2030. The city operates the world’s longest driverless subway system and began a trial program last year using automated cars produced by France’s Easymile.
In October, the city signed a deal with the Los Angeles-based Hyperloop One to study the potential for a hyperloop — a vacuum-like tube through which vehicle pods hurtle at speeds faster than airliners — between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates capital.