Heads Up! Drones Will Fly People Around Dubai This Summer

Lynne Hanson
February 16, 2017

The RTA have been working alongside Chinese firm EHang, whose autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) the EHang 184 looks set to taxi passengers across Dubai's impressive skyline.

"This is not only a model", al-Tayer said.

If you visit Dubai this summer, expect to be transported around by autonomous drone taxis.

The chopper will be monitored at all times from a ground control room.

Nevertheless, as per Engadget, it's still unclear whether any of the experimental flights actually boarded a real person inside it, although of course, it's still worth mentioning that Dubai will have the bragging rights as the first city to regularly operate such vehicles.

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Police and central reserve police force (CRPF) were deployed at several places in the city to thwart any protests. Authorities thus had made heavy deployment of police and paramilitary forces to prevent rallies.

As for performance, though the top speed is around 100 miles per hour, Dubai is likely to restrict the EHang 184 to around 62 miles per hour.

It can carry one passenger weighing up to 100 kilograms and can stay airborne for 30 minutes on one charge.

The octocopter is autonomous and after sitting in the drone, the passenger can choose the destination through a touchscreen pad that is placed in front of the seat. "RTA will spare no effort to launch the AAV in July 2017", he said. The drone will automatically make its way to the destination but will be controlled through 4G mobile internet. In May, authorities in Nevada announced they would partner with EHang to test the 184 to possibly be cleared by the US Federal Aviation Administration.

The drone was unveiled in a flight over Dubai's Burj Al Arab, the sail-shaped luxury hotel that is the fourth-tallest hotel in the world, the AP reported. Elon Musk, the co-founder of Tesla who appeared on Monday at the Dubai conference, first proposed the idea of a hyperloop in 2013.

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