Dubai had tested an uncrewed two-seater drone vehicle intended to move people autonomously. The name of this drone is Autonomous Air Taxi (AAT); the city administration claims the drone vehicle will be the first one of its type “self-flying taxi service.”
How Autonomous Air Taxi Works?
Singularly, the Autonomously Air Taxi is environmentally friendly; runs on electric power; and also the archetype version has a most significant flying time of 30 minutes; at a cruising speed of 50 km/h (31 mph); and a supreme airspeed of 100 km/h (62 mph).
The drone was unscrewed and flew 200 meters higher during the test gliding; according to VentureBeat. The AAT, which is about two meters tall; was furnished by specialist German manufacturer Volocopter; recognized for its eponymous helicopter drone hybrid with 18 rotors.
The Autonomous Air Taxi also has nine individualistic battery systems. Each battery needs two hours to charge fully. But that charging period will significantly reduce in the final product of the taxi; the Government of Dubai declares.
How Will People Access it?
There are also schemes to make AAT accessible to the populace via a smartphone app; that would enable users to reserve flights and trail directions. The Government of Dubai tells over the next five years; Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA) will ply with the country; and city’s aviation authorities to make policy and laws for the AAT and its transportation services.
However, it is worth mentioning, test performances will routinely take place during this time; and US corporation JDA Aviation will supervise developments for the AAT aviation and also contrive safety.
What Dubai Crown Prince Said?
Also, Dubai has an aim for the independent conveyor to reckon for a quarter of total excursions by 2030. “Encouraging innovation and adopting the latest technologies contribute not only to the country’s development; but also build bridges into the future,” Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed said in a comment.
Other Officials Comment:
Speaking to TechReviewsOnline on the sidelines of Gitex Technology Week; Khaled Al Awadi, director of the automated batch system at the RTA; said that some specs, regarding insurance, still require being amplified.
Furthermore, the flying taxi was on exhibition for the first time. Guests at the Gitex Technology Week took a close look at the latest technology; which is the first of its kind in the world.
“An autonomous air taxi is a project that we started with a German company; and with the General Civil Aviation Authority,” Al Awadi said.
“We will be evolving the technology and make sure of the taxi’s specifications regarding Dubai’s weather, and we will be developing the legislation around the city to operate this vehicle in the future.
“The legislation will be relating to operations for this vehicle. We need legislation around the insurance of the vehicle; and legislation around the operator; who will be operating this vehicle as there will be multiple operators. Some specifications need to be finalized for new operators in the city.”
“One of the things we need to make sure it is safe enough; because at the end of the day safe and smooth transformation is important,” he said.
Notably, It also owns 18 rotors to guarantee secure cruising and grounding of the taxi; for the worst situation if any rotor malfunctions; and there is also full aircraft emergency parachute. And on top all, it also blows of sumptuous interiors and leather seats for two passengers.