Dubai tests first flying taxi
The world’s first driverless flying taxi was tested in Dubai on September 25, 2017 at a location near the Jumeirah Beach Park. The aircraft hovered 200 meters above the ground during the five-minute test flight without passengers
The autonomous air taxi was introduced by Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA). The two-seater autonomous air taxi has been supplied by Volocopter, a Germany-based specialist manufacturer of autonomous air vehicles. It is capable of transporting people without human intervention or a pilot.
The flying taxi is powered by clean electricity and can operate at low noise levels. It has a maximum flight time of 30 minutes at a cruise speed of 50 km/h, and a maximum airspeed of 100 km/h. All these features will evolve in the production vehicles, according to developers.The AAT is about two meters in height, and the diameter of the rotor rim, including propellers, is over seven meters.
“After the remarkable success of the first driverless metro in the region, we are glad to witness today the test flight of the Autonomous Air Taxi,” said Crown Prince of Dubai HH Sheikh Hamdan in a statement. “This is another testament to our commitment to driving positive change. We are constantly exploring opportunities to serve the community and advance the prosperity and happiness of society.”
During the next five years, the RTA plans to collaborate with the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority and the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority to ensure that the operational requirements for implementing AAT services are put in place.
Director General and Chairman of the board of executive directors of the RTA HE Mattar Al Tayer said, that the testing of the AAT shows the directives to transform Dubai into the world’s smartest city.
„The move also reflects the Dubai Smart Autonomous Mobility Strategy’s target for autonomous transport to account for a quarter of total journeys in Dubai by 2030,” said Al Tayer.
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