Dubai To Launch Self-Driving Flying Taxis By July 2017

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Several major automobile companies are developing and working on the autonomous driving technology. It may take few years to get to grips with the self-driving technology. But Dubai is way ahead regarding technology.

Being an oil-rich country, Dubai has it all. From the tallest building in the world to the world's largest artificial island. And now Dubai is set to introduce autonomous flying taxis.

Dubai Transport Authority recently carried out a successful pilot run of the autonomous aerial vehicle(AAV). Chinese drone maker EHang develops the self-driving aerial vehicle.

The flying taxi is named as EHang 184, and it is powered by eight propellers. The flying taxi can carry one passenger at a time. The passenger has to just enter the destination in the smartphone app, and the vehicle will take off and land at the destination.

The command centre on the ground will monitor the operation of the flying taxi. The flying vehicle can be charged in two hours and can fly up to 30 minutes. The flying taxi can reach a top speed of 100km/h and altitude of 300 metres.

The EHang 184 also features a fail-safe technology, which automatically lands the vehicle in case of any damage to the occupant. These flying taxis will take off as early as July 2017.

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