Dubai Is Testing A Self-Flying Electric Taxi That Can Take 30 Min Trips & Be Hailed By An App

By Gwyn D'mello, 2017-10-01 05:50:34

Called the Autonomous Air Taxi (AAT) it’s touted as the world’s first “self-flying taxi”, powered completely by electricity. Not only is the AA environmentally friendly, it’s also decently maneuverable. The drone’s prototype has a maximum flight time of 30 minutes, a cruising speed of 50km/h, and a maximum flight speed of 100km/h.

In the recent test, the drone hovered 200m up in the air without a crew, according to Reuters. Standing two metres high, the AAT has been developed by German manufacturer Volocopter. The drone also packs optional emergency parachutes, and nine independent battery systems.

Each of those batteries takes two hours to charge to full, but that’s expected to be significantly reduced in the final version of the vehicle.

Dubai also has big plans on the software side, aiming to make the flying taxi available to citizens via a smartphone app, to let them book flights and track routes. The city’s transport authority will work with aviation and national authorities over the next five years to formulate regulations for the vehicle, before it takes to the skies, during which time it’ll continue to be tested.

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Source: Indiatimes.com

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