In Dubai began testing unmanned flying taxi

In Dubai began testing unmanned flying taxi

In Dubai began testing unmanned flying taxi

Al Tayer said the AAT would support Dubai's claim to be "the world's smartest city". "The volocopter would come and autonomously pick you up and take you to your destination", CEO Florian Reuter said as per the Reuters report.

Users will be able to summon the pilotless craft akin to an Uber app and will transport passengers across the city.

Dubai's goal of becoming the first city in the world to be home to a flying taxi service seems like it's coming closer to achievement, with a live demonstration of the vehicle developed by the Germany-based firm Volocopter having taken place this week. Word of Dubai's leap into the future of automated aerial taxis made headlines around the world at the February summit. Rudolph said the test was monitored by a new drone tracking system newly implemented by the DCAA to ensure flight safety at all times in Dubai airspace.

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The flight has given the public the first real glimpse of what to expect when the drones are set to enter service when all safety boxes have been checked over the next five years. The app will allow customers to book flights, receive booking reference details and track the route of the flying taxi.

Volocopter, the German company behind the autonomous urban air taxi, fired up the 18-rotor electric drone to conduct its first proof-of-concept flight as it hovered and swooped in the sky without a pilot above a patch of desert near the Jumeriah Beach Residence area. The plan is that all these features will evolve in the production vehicles.

The drones include "luxurious interiors and leather seating" for passengers, is powered by clean energy and produces low noise levels.

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The Autonomous Air Taxi (AAT) of Dubai was the brainchild of Dubai's Road and Transport Authority (RTA).

Over the next five years, the RTA will collaborate with the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority and the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority to develop laws and policies governing the service, a category that includes defining aerial routes and corridors, locating take-off and landing points and setting standards for operators of the service. "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", he added.

The Dubai administration has started testing a driverless flying taxi service for passengers.

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