Dubai plans to launch autonomous flying drone taxis by mid
- Author: Zachary Reyes Feb 18, 2017,
Feb 18, 2017, 14:56
The drone taxi is just one of the initiatives that seems to be putting Dubai on the forefront of 21st century consumer transportation. The Pilotless egg-shaped drone will transport you across the city and is in fact manufactured by the same Chinese company that produces the different variety of hi-tech drones with cutting edge technology. The passenger uses a touch screen to select a destination.
The drone is made of Carbon Fiber and Ariel Aluminium Alloys which are lighter and stronger.
The drone will have the ability to carry a single passenger of about 220 pounds along with a small suitcase.
Dubai is planning to introduce self-driving flying taxis later this year.
For any scenarios, the drone has a "FAIL-SAFE" system which will land to nearest and safest place if anything malfunctions or Disconnects. The top speed is 100 miles per hour, but the authorities confirmed that it would operate at 62 m.p.h.
An official of Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority was quoted by The New York Times as saying that a drone had already plied the skies of the city-state and reportedly flew around the famous "sail-shaped skyscraper", Burj Al Arab.
EHang, which is asking for clearance to operate in the USA, said it expects the taxi drones to begin operations in China in the next couple months.
We heard recent reports of a Dutch company bringing the flying vehicle concept to the real world with the beginning of sales of the PAL-V Liberty.