Dubai has completed a test flight of the world's first pilotless flying taxi in the city as part of its ambitious plan to revolutionise its transport system.
The drone taxis will be able to carry two passengers and will be capable of flying for 30 minutes, at a speed of 31 miles per hour with a maximum airspeed of 60 miles per hour. The test was seen by Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, who pressed the operation button to launch the drone taxi up in the air.
"This is another proof of our commitment to positive change".
Michael Rudolph, Head, Regulations and Safety, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, was on hand for the special flight and told Gulf News shortly afterward that the test flight was a world first in the history of aviation.
Watch how United Arab Emirates is ready to revolutionize personal air travel by successfully testing the concept model of a German-built aerial taxi, which will be capable of flying passengers to their destinations without a pilot at the controls.
RTA Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors, Mattar Al-Tayer said the AAT had a variety of unique features, including top security and safety standards, it is also fitted with optional emergency parachutes.
Nine independent batteries take two hours to reach full charge in the prototype, but charging time is expected to go down in the production version.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) of Dubai has launched a test run of drone taxi service.
The drones include "luxurious interiors and leather seating" for passengers, is powered by clean energy and produces low noise levels.
The aircraft is electrically powered and the prototype has a maximum flight time of 30 minutes.
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan was briefed about the integration of the AAT with public transport systems such as the Dubai Metro, Dubai Tram, public buses, marine transit modes and taxis. The maiden concept flight of the Autonomous Air Taxi (AAT) was conducted at a location near the Jumeriah Beach Park.
The flight was the latest step towards a major transportation shift for Dubai, which by 2030 aims to have 25 percent of local passenger trips take place in driverless vehicles.