The Jetsons IRL? Passenger Drones To Fly In Dubai

Dubai’s latest ambitions are literally sky high as it is about to have passenger-carrying drones regularly buzzing through the city’s skyline.

Dubai is all set to take the transportation experience to a new level as the Emirati city becomes the first to introduce passenger-carrying drone taxis.

The drone will have the ability to carry a single passenger of about 220 pounds along with a small suitcase. It will be monitored via a control room and can take flight of up to 30 minutes. Passengers will not be able to control the drone but will simply be able to select the destination.

In case of a malfunction or disconnection from 4G mobile service, the drone has the aptitude of landing to the closest safe place. The Chinese drones that are manufactured by Ehang, a Guangzhou-based company, are due to be delivered by July and are part of a grand strategy which aims a quarter of Dubai’s traffic driverless by 2030. It has a top speed of 160 kph (100 mph)

“The strategy will help increase traffic efficiency, productivity, reduce traffic congestion and pollution, and save millions of driving hours,” saidDubai Emir Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum.

However, it is not clear how much each ride will cost.  

Dubai also holds a Guinness World Book Record for the longest driverless metro train system which was inaugurated in 2011.




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