20
Feb
2017

Dubai Targets July 2017 For Drone-Taxi Launch

Dubai has tested a Chinese prototype of a self-driving drone-taxi, with the aim of introducing the aerial vehicle in the emirate by July 2017.

The test of the one-man electric vehicle comes as the city state in the United Arab Emirates seeks to ensure a quarter of its means of transport are self-driving by 2030.

The EHang 184 can travel on a programmed course at 100 kilometres an hour (60 mph) at an altitude of 300 metres (1,000 feet).

A passenger simply needs to select a destination for the autonomous taxi to take off, fly the route and touch down in the chosen spot monitored by a ground control center.

The vehicle, made by Chinese drone manufacturer EHang, can recharge in 2 hours and make trips of up to 30 minutes. The quadcopter is powered by eight propellers. It has highly accurate sensors and can resist extreme temperatures; ideal as the emirate is known for its scorching summers!