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Dubai launches self-flying taxis, world's first

Dubai launches self-flying taxis, world's first

Dubai launches self-flying taxis, world's first

The CEO Volocopter Florian Reuter, while talking to the ceremony, told that these state-of-the-art taxis would be launched in the metropolitan city of Dubai, within five years.

The test flight was carried out on September 25 and attended by Dubai's crown prince. Rudolph said the test was monitored by a new drone tracking system newly implemented by the DCAA to ensure flight safety at all times in Dubai airspace.

One of the leading one in that list is aviation industry veteran AirBus who is in line to create an airborne self-piloting taxi by 2020, Kitty Hawk, a company backed by Google co-founder Larry Page and Uber which is also working on flying taxis.

Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority announced the flying drones at the 2017 World Government Summit in February.

Dubai is moving full steam ahead toward a futuristic skyline dotted with modern skyscrapers and flying taxis by kicking off trials of the Volocopter two-seater aircraft. The app will allow customers to book flights, receive booking reference details and track the route of the flying taxi. The taxi looks like a small, twin-seater helicopter cabin which is topped by a wide hoop powered by 18 propellers. All these features will evolve in the production vehicles.

Volocopter says the taxi runs on electric power and can fly for 30 minutes without needing to charge.

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AAT is an environmentally-friendly vehicle powered by clean electricity and featuring low noise levels.

Watch how United Arab Emirates is ready to revolutionize personal air travel by successfully testing the concept model of a German-built aerial taxi, which will be capable of flying passengers to their destinations without a pilot at the controls.

Over the next five years, the RTA will collaborate with the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority and the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority to develop laws and policies governing the service, a category that includes defining aerial routes and corridors, locating take-off and landing points and setting standards for operators of the service.

The flight was the latest step towards a major transportation shift for Dubai, which by 2030 aims to have 25 percent of local passenger trips take place in driverless vehicles.

"This is another testament to our commitment to driving positive change", said Sheikh Hamdan in a statement. "We are constantly exploring opportunities to serve the community and advance the prosperity and happiness of society".

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