A passenger carrying Drone that will fly in Dubai skies from July
Los Angeles : When we talk of new cars and technology, the first city that comes to our mind is Dubai that is ready to spend extravagant amount on any brand new thing.
Now, they are ready to invest in an autonomous drone that can transport humans- yes, this drone will ferry passengers around the city this summer.
According to Mattar al-Tayer, head of Dubai's transportation agency, “The self-flying taxis would start taking people across the city starting from July. This is not only a model, we have actually experimented with this vehicle flying in Dubai's skies.”
He adds that the city will use the Ehang 184 for the airborne service; it is drone that can fly without human direction and carry a single passenger and their bag. It can take one person on a journey up to 23 minutes long.
The drone was first unveiled in CES 2016 and Dubai isn't the first city to show an interest in using the Ehang, in fact Las Vegas will soon start trialing the drones for public use.
The Ehang is electric-powered and can travel for about 31 miles with a person and bag that weigh up to 100kg. It can go at speeds of up to 63 miles an hour and takes two hours to charge fully. Its propellers fold inwards as it lands so it can fit in a single car parking space.
To order the flying taxi, passengers will need to enter their destination into an app and then map the route. The plane will need to fly directly but has to hop from one set landing spot to another.