Dubai to host the testing module of the world’s first driverless flying taxi

In a bid to lucratively enhance the transportation system in the city, Dubai has successfully commenced the testing of its first drone taxi service. Reportedly, this aerial taxi will transport passengers across the city without the assistance of pilots. The Crown Prince of Dubai, Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has already experienced his debut flight in the Autonomous Air Taxi (AAT). Post its remarkable success, Shaikh Hamdan has stated that the taxi is another tangible evidence that testifies Dubai’s efforts toward ensuring the prosperity and happiness of its citizens.

For the uninitiated, this drone has apparently been designed by the German autonomous air fleet manufacturer, Volocopter. In the ensuing five years, the company hopes to open up the services for the public. The self-piloting, electric drone, endowed with the capability to carry a maximum weight of 100 kg, has diverse benefits over the traditional drones – prominent among them being environment-friendliness and noise resistance. The self-piloting air vehicle plan was revealed around seven months earlier, at the World Government Summit. With the commencement of the testing phase of this volocopter, Dubai has positioned itself amongst the smartest cities in the world.

The drone apparently incorporates rotors, back-up batteries, and two parachutes in case of flight failure. For passenger arrival and departures, the company is looking forward to build voloports in the future. Pertaining to the emergence of smart phones, ordering a volocopter would be rather easy, through a simple mobile based application. Post ordering, the volocopter would arrive at the voloport that is located nearest to the pick-up point and carry passengers autonomously to their destination. Volocopter’s launch in Dubai depicts that the rising adoption of driverless drones would certainly provide a boost to the global drone services market.

Apart from Volocopter, many other companies have been aiming to develop driverless vehicles in the future. For instance, the aircraft manufacturer, Airbus has made considerable investments in Vahana, its own flying taxi drone, which would apparently be commercialized by the end of 2020. Vahana is apparently endowed with advanced technologies such as LIDAR, RADAR, and next-generation cameras, which may help drones to track routes easily through obstacles. The Middle East based firm Careem has also started testing its driverless electric vehicles in Dubai in collaboration with the California-based NEXT Future Transportation.

In the coming years, the Road Transport Authority of Dubai is planning to collaborate with the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and UAE General Civil Aviation Authority to finalize the operational requirements for deploying AAT (Autonomous Air Taxi) services in city. Experts cite that the ongoing technological and infrastructural developments to promote AAT is likely to change the perspective of tourists toward Dubai over the years ahead, which would undeniably boost the regional tourism industry.

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