Guess what, Dubai’s flying taxis are about to be a reality and no not in a distant future but within a year. The Autonomous air taxi (AAT) will be tested in Dubai’s skies before the end of this year via the RTA (Roads and Transport Authority in Dubai).
The initiative to build Dubai’s flying taxis came into fruition after the RTA partnered with a German company called “Volocopter“, which specializes in building autonomous self-driving air vehicles such as the E-Volo Series 2X model.
The electric power AAT air taxi provides 18 rotors to ensure that the machine can land, cruise and take-off safely with multiple redundancy systems at place.
It’s not just a simply taxi either, the full-autonomous Dubai flying taxi can seat two passengers with comfort thanks to the luxurious leather interior and spacious cabin.
Dubai’s Flying Taxis can achieve a maximum 30-minute flight time and travel at speeds of up to 100 km/h (62 mph). This translates to superior ease of travel around the city; meaning you can literally go from Deira to Jebel Ali within minutes.
Alxander Zosel, Co-founder of Volocopter says “The test will start in the fourth quarter of 2017, and the project has been scheduled to run for five years,”. Dubai plans to handle 25 % of all of its passenger travel using autonomous transportation by as early as 2030.
This move is aimed at cementing Dubai’s position as the city of the future within the year 2030. The Volocopter 2X will be the first air taxi to be fully legislated for urban city unmanned flight requiring no air-license from either passengers.
The German company hopes to test out its model in Dubai during the most challenging climatic conditions proving that the flying taxi could withstand the roughest of heat conditions without any failure.
Zosel stated in the Dubai Air Taxi launch press release that “We now have a fantastic opportunity to work with the RTA on the development and testing of the entire future ecosystem for safe autonomous air transport using Dubai as a first showcase project,”
This could prove to be a great achievement for Dubai and Volocopter if everything goes according to plan, i’m guessing the next step would be to offer mass autonomous air transportation similar to the RTA busses.