Dubai to be the first country to introduce autonomous aerial vehicles by July

February 15, 2017, 4:14 pm
Dubai to be the first country to introduce autonomous aerial vehicles by July
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Dubai to be the first country to introduce autonomous aerial vehicles by July

Dubai to be the first country to introduce autonomous aerial vehicles by July

United Arab Emirates have decided to provide daily office goers with air taxi, soaring over the already long, unending traffic at all major roads of the country. Commuters can now reach their workplace soaring through the skies, brushing past the high skyscrapers at just a push of a button.

Passenger drones, capable of carrying a single rider and a small suitcase, will begin buzzing through the skies of country probably by July, according to the director of Dubai’s transportation authority. The Dubai authorities have decided on the project as a long leap to increase driverless technology.

Chinese firm Ehang, designated to make the eight-rotor drone. has already flown test runs past the Burj Al Arab, the world’s tallest sail-shaped structure.

The drone is not just a model but it has really flown in Dubai skies
Mattar Al Tayer, the director general of Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority

Tayer also added that the country would “spare no effort to launch” autonomous aerial vehicles by July.

The drone named as Ehang 184 can fly up to 50km, or about 30 minutes, on a single battery charge. It has a top speed of 160 km/h , but authorities said it will typically operate at 100km/h .

The craft is designed to carry a 99kg passenger, according to a promotional video produced by the Roads and Transport Authority, which depicts a man boarding the vessel, buckling into a race car-style harness and tapping his destination on a touch screen before taking off.

The drone described as “auto piloted, directed and monitored via a command centre,” is equipped with fail-safe technology and in the event of a malfunction “will immediately land in the nearest possible area to ensure safety.” The drone is the latest in a series of measures to impose cutting-edge technology to help with the city’s congested roadways.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, announced last year that 25 per cent of all journeys in the city would be conducted by driverless vehicles by 2030. The city operates the world’s longest driverless subway system and began a trial program last year using automated cars produced by France’s Easymile.