Dubai testing a drone designed to transport people autonomously .A passenger’s carrying drone that will transport individuals through the air without a pilot will begin flying over Dubai. It will be the first time the electric vehicle has been in regular use anywhere in the world
Dubai has a target for autonomous transport to account for a quarter of total trips by 2030.
The city claims the vehicle will be the world’s first “self-flying taxi service.” Called the Autonomous Air Taxi (AAT). The AAT is environmentally friendly, powered by electricity, and the prototype version has a maximum flight time of 30 minutes, at a cruising speed of 50 km/h. A maximum airspeed of 100 km/h.
The drone was uncrewed and hovered 200 meters high during the test flight. The AAT was supplied by German manufacturer Volocopter, known for its eponymous helicopter drone hybrid with 18 rotors. It can carry one passenger weighing up to 100 kilograms and can stay airborne for 30 minutes on one charge.
There are also plans to make AAT available to the public via a smartphone app. That would allow users to book flights and track routes. The Government of Dubai says over the next five years, Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA) will work with the country and city’s aviation authorities to develop policy and laws for the AAT and its services.
Dubai testing a drone designed to transport people autonomously. Dubai has a target for autonomous transport to account for a quarter of total trips by 2030.