Dubai is striving to set itself apart from other cities by embracing driverless technology with flying drone taxis. Plans to roll out flying drone taxis are well underway and are set to come into fruition by summer.
These passenger-carrying drones, Tech Crunch reports, are intended to relieve traffic congestion and commuting issues. While other countries such as the U.S. are still testing self-driving cars, Dubai is already looking at making it a viable transportation alternative.
Mashable first broke the news by quoting Dubai’s Road and Transportation Agency Head, Mattar al-Tayer, at the recent World Government Summit. Here, he revealed plans to launch one-passenger drones as early as July this year. The report added that the passenger drone service will be ferrying commuters to and from predetermined areas. Al-Tayer was further quoted as saying that these are not just plans, they have working models which they have tested and flown in Dubai sky.
The flying drone taxi can run top speeds of 100 mph and up to 31 miles on a single charge
Reports further revealed that the city will be using the Ehang 184, a self-driving quad-opener electric drone. This all-electric drone can carry a maximum load of 220 lbs. The flying drone taxi can run top speeds of 100 mph and up to 31 miles on a single charge. The personal aircraft weights 500 lbs and is big enough for a single passenger and a small suitcase which can be stowed at the back compartment.
The cutting-edge taxis will be remotely monitored by city officials and run from a central command center. It will reportedly run at speeds of just 60 mph and will feature security harnesses and a touchscreen console to record the passenger’s destination.
This certainly pushes the envelope of transportation technology and is something that other advanced cities are sure to emulate. If all goes to plan, Dubai’s skyline will be dotted with more than just skyscrapers in just a few short months.