Dubai has successfully tested the world’s first Air taxi service on Monday at United Arab Emirates city. The unmanned craft is developed by German drone maker Volocopter. It is a two-seater, eighteen-rotor vehicle, which takes off and lands vertically. The vehicle is designed to fly autonomously for up to 30 minutes, making it ideal for short-distance urban travel.
Dubai call it the Autonomous Air Taxi (AAT), and is environmentally friendly as it is powered by electricity. The prototype version has a maximum flight time of 30 minutes, at a cruising speed of 50 km/h (31 mph), and a maximum airspeed of 100 km/h (62 mph).
The project aims to grow into an Uber-like platform where travellers be able to book from their smart phones and board from a nearest “voloport.”
The vehicle is equipped with a number of fail-safe devices such as extra batteries, rotors, and parachutes in the event of emergency.
Flying vehicles seems to be the next mode of urban travel as big brands like google’s Kitty Hawk, and Uber’s own flying taxi are in the process of developing their own version.