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Dubai tests drone taxi service

Uncategorized September 27, 2017

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Dubai conducted its test of first drone taxi service, hoping will become a viable transportation system in the city.

This two-seater, 18-rotor vehicle is called as Called the Autonomous Air Taxi (AAT), it took off for a five-minute flight above a strip of sand on the Gulf coast and hovered 200 meters. The city claims the vehicle will be the world’s first “self-flying taxi service.”

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 (31 mph), and a maximum airspeed of 100 km/h (62 mph).

This drone is supplied with specialist German manufacturer Volocopter, known for its eponymous helicopter drone hybrid with 18 rotors, this is fitted with optional emergency parachutes and nine independent battery systems.

There are also plans to develop a smartphone app for public that would allow users to book flights and track routes of AAT. 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. Trial operations will take place during this time, and US company JDA Aviation will oversee preparations for the AAT flights and manage safety.

“Implementation would see you using your smartphone, having an app, and ordering a Volocopter to the next Voloport near you,” said chief executive Florian Reuter.

“The Volocopter would come and autonomously pick you up and take you to your destination.”
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