From Dubai water taxi to aerial taxi! Yes, That’s fast! The vision of our rulers is to transform Dubai into the smartest city worldwide. The test run of first Autonomous Air Taxi will begin gradually in the fourth quarter of 2017.
The move echoes Dubai’s Smart Autonomous Mobility Strategy that seeks to transform a quarter of the total mobility journeys in Dubai into autonomous transport by 2030. Another objective is to enhance the integration between mass transit modes and people’s happiness by providing smooth, fast and innovative transit modes, – HE Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).
The Autonomous Air Taxi (AAT) manufactured by a German VOLOCOPTER Company features:
first vehicle capable of carrying two passengers
its design comprising 18 rotors to ensure safe cruising and landing of the taxi in case of any rotor failure
characterized by its autopilot or autonomous flying, thus enabling the movement of people from place to another without human intervention or a need for flight license holder
fitted with a full aircraft emergency parachute
nine independent battery systems
battery quick-change & plug-in system
fast battery charging time of 40 minutes
luxurious interiors and leather seating for two persons
powered by clean electricity, has very low noise
has a maximum flight time is approximately 30 minutes at a cruise speed of 50 km/h, and a maximum airspeed of 100 km/h
measures about two meters in height, and the diameter of the rotor rim including propellers is about seven meters
In coordination with its strategic partners and in the Emirate, RTA will specify the air routes of journeys, take-off and landing points of these taxis as well as the logistics needed to ensure safe and smooth mobility of passengers.