As soon as this summer, visitors and residents to Dubai can take a ride in the world’s first drone taxi service.
Like something out of the Jetsons, residents of the crown jewel of the United Arab Emirates, Dubai, will be able to take a quick flight across town in a self-flying drone taxi as soon as in a few months.
The head of Dubai’s Roads and Transportation Agency announced the new at the World Government Summit which is currently being held at Dubai.
The Single-passenger Chinese EHang 184 quadcopter could start carrying passenger from one spot in the city to another by July 2017.
The way they work is actually pretty simple. You jump in, dot in your destination, the rest is sitting back, relaxing and enjoying the view. That’s what is perfect about an autonomous drone taxi, it flies itself, so there won’t be much effort from the passenger.
The EHang 184 drone itself can carry a person weighing upto 100 kilograms, along with a small suitcase.
It is battery-powered, and have a charge that can last for a full half-hour flight and a top speed of 160 kilometer per hour, making its range around 50 kilometers per charge. However, the authorities have said that they will be operating within a speed limit of 100 kilometers per hour.
This is not the only autonomous mode of transportation that the Emirate will introduce in the new future. Last April, the Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, announced his vision, that by 2030, 25 percent of all passenger trips in the city to be carried out in driverless vehicles. To achieve this, Dubai has ordered the box-shaped EZ10, as well as a Hyperloop, which will be in full action soon.