Dubai to start testing flying cars within three years
Hailing a taxi, calling an Uber/Careem, getting on the metro/tram or getting in your own car and driving – your transport options in Dubai are very similar to most other cities. But not for long…
In just three years, the city is expected to start testing flying cars, according to an Uber official.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is partnering with Uber to launch a demonstration transportation network that utilises vertical take-off and landing vehicles (VTOLs).
In a statement sent to Arabian Business, Uber said: “As part of this partnership, we will conduct a joint study into pricing models, people movement, and determining where VTOL routes should be created in the city. Additional study as well under this partnership will be for the designs of take-off and landing locations around the city.”
Uber and the RTA have confirmed that the demonstration transportation network will be in Dubai by 2020.
According to Uber’s chief product officer, Jeff Holden, the cost of flying cars won't be as expensive as you’d expect. Speaking at a conference in Dallas he explained that it will likely cost around $1.32 (AED4.84) per mile, which is around the same as UberX. In the future, the price could come down further.
This is just one of many futuristic transportation systems that Dubai is exploring. The RTA signed an agreement with Hyperloop One last year to jointly explore routes for a hyperloop between Dubai and Abu Dhabi. This would cut the journey time between the two emirates to just 12 minutes, making the idea of living in one city and working in another much more appealing.
Rob Lloyd, CEO of Hyperloop One said, “Having signed an agreement with DP World in August to pursue a cargo-based Hyperloop One system at Jebel Ali port, our focus has now expanded to include connecting the emirates. As the central global transport hub, pursuing the implementation of a Hyperloop in the UAE makes sense. The leaders of the UAE understand that transportation is the new broadband, with the power to transform life throughout the GCC.”