The future has arrived. Personal flying “cars” will be a common day thing this year. At least in Dubai that is. The City has long been known to be on the forefront of luxury and extravagant things of all kinds. It seems nothing is impossible in this magical place. By the end of July, self-flying taxis will be offered by the city’s Road and Transportation Agency.
These person sized drones stand of four legs and have eight propellers that are arranged around the cabin, similar to the familiar quadcopter design of camera drones. The one person cabin can carry a person up to a bodyweight of approx. 100kg. The operating range is for relatively short distances, just up to about 50km with a single battery charge. The maximum traveling speed is set at 160km an hour. The vehicle is completely autonomous and therefore does not need a pilot. The destination can just simply punched in before take off and everything else will be taken care of by the system.
The drone in question here is the Chinese-built Ehang 184, and it is possible that it has already been tested in the skies above Dubai, as stated by the city’s transport chief Mattar al-Tayer. Dubai already possesses a driverless metro system. The United Arab Emirates as a whole is becoming a hub for futuristic transport. Dubai signed a deal with Hyperloop One in November to study the viability of linking the city-state with Abu Dhabi through a vacuum-sealed tube—a concept that is the brainchild of Elon Musk. All these innovations seem in line with Dubai’s Ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum. He envisions that a quarter of Dubai’s vehicles will be driverless by the year 2030.