Team shortlist09 Jul 2017 AT 09:46 AM

VIDEO: Test flights for driverless flying taxis in Dubai

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Team shortlist09 Jul 2017 AT 09:46 AM

If you saw the news about autonomous flying taxis coming to Dubai and thought "I'll believe that when I see it" ... well, you're about to see it. Click the play button at the top of the article. That is a flying taxi.

Trials of the Ehang184 autonomous aerial vehicles are already underway in Dubai at the test site of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA). The video was uploaded to YouTube by EHANG with the caption: "Test flights have been carried out especially at deserts and coastal environments for a number of adaptive aviation flight test subjects."

Previously Mattar Al Tayer, director general and chairman of the RTA said: “The trial run of the first AAV is in implementation of the directives of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to transform Dubai into the smartest city in the world.

"It is also part of RTA’s endeavors to provide self-driving transport through engaging in the technological tests of self-driving vehicles under Dubai environment."

The flying vehicle, called the Ehang 184, isn’t just a test model, it’s the real version that will be used to transport people through the sky. A ground-based centre will control the operation to ensure everything runs smoothly.

 "It replicates Dubai Self-driving Transport Strategy aimed at transforming 25 per cent of total individual trips in Dubai into self-driving trips using various modes of transport by 2030," Mr Al Tayer added.

The Ehang 184 is designed to fly for a maximum of 30 minutes at 160 kilometres per hour. According to reports, the standard cruising speed set in Dubai is likely to be 100 kilometres per hour. It will ascend and descend at a rate of six metres per second.

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