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VIDEO: Everything you need to know about Dubai’s flying taxis

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The Dubai Media Office has released an official video that explains everything there is to know about the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority’s (RTA) autonomous air taxis (AAT).

This includes the fact that it forms part of Dubai’s smart city innovative which aims to make 25 percent of Dubai’s transport autonomous by 2030.

The video also explained how the vehicles that are currently being built by VOLOCOPTER – a German company who specialize in Autonomous Air Vehicles – will operate.

Two passengers will be able to fly at a time thanks to the use of 18 rotors that will run on electricity to ensure the safe cruising and landing of the taxi.

The video also explained that the taxis will be tested out on Dubai roads as early as this year, with further tests set to take place over the next five years.

Speaking on the AAT vehicles, the Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the RTA, HE Mattar Al Tayer previously said: “The air taxi is 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.”

He added that VOLOCOPTER was selected due to the company’s compliance with safety and security standards.

VOLOCOPTER has already passed the aviation authority testing in Germany and, once the RTA begins testing at the end of the year, an experimental phase will follow before the relevant legislation is passed, he explained.

“RTA is working with the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority to develop the legislative and operational guidelines, define specifications and standards applicable to operators in the emirate such that these legislations will be ready before the date set for the commercial and official operation of the autonomous air vehicles.

“It is noteworthy that the operational and legislative structures will be the first of their kind worldwide. 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,” Al Tayer added.

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