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Dubai To Launch Flying Drone Taxis As A Way To Ease Urban Congestion

A growing number of companies are looking at the viability of airborne, autonomous taxis as a way to ease urban congestion and transportation woes,[4] but the city of Dubai could leapfrog those with a plan to deploy a passenger-carrying drone as early as this summer.[9]

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Uber, Airbus and others are still talking about creating test vehicles that would begin transporting cargo first,[2] but Dubai’s Roads & Transportation Agency lead announced (via Mashable) at the World Government Summit in the city that they’re going to begin operating passenger service along predetermined routes starting in July,[10] using the Ehang 184 autonomous quad-opener electric drone to ferry people through the air.[6]

Ehang 184 type of drone!

The Ehang 184 is a drone that can carry one passenger with a max weight of 220 pounds, [9]for a distance of 31 miles on one charge and at a top speed of 100 mph. [4]It’s plenty enough for short haul trips across a busy urban landscape.

Dubai officials will remotely monitor the drones, and pilot them from a centralized command center, and the city says it’s already started test flying the vehicle in Dubai skies, so this isn’t just pure bluster.

Dubai has proven a wellspring of opportunity for people looking to push the limits of transportation technology.[7] Hyperloop One looks likely to deploy the first active hyperloop transportation system in the city, with a route to Abu Dhabi, for instance, and it’s also piloting a number of self-driving shuttle projects.[1]

Source: Techcrunch

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