Dubai Crown Prince Takes Flying Air Taxi After Test Flight
The autonomous air taxi(AAT) had its maiden concept flight that was attended by the Crown Prince of Dubai, Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, on Monday. The vehicle will be used for the world’s first self-flying air taxi service set to be introduced by Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA), a statement said.
This vehicle will be used by the Dubai’s RTA for providing world’s first self-driving taxis.
It has been supplied by Volocopter, a German company that specializes in the manufacture of autonomous air vehicles. This flying air taxi is a two-seater AAT, which is capable of going on without a pilot or human intervention.
Jumeirah Beach Park was taken as the test flight location.
The AAT has optional emergency parachutes, a battery plug-in and quick charge system, and nine independent battery systems that allow the vehicle to reach full charge in just two hours.
The air taxi is powered by the use of clean electricity and has low noise levels, making it an environmentally-friendly vehicle. The current prototype has a max flight time of approx 30 minutes at a speed of 50 km/h, with max speed being 100 km/h.
This service will be made available to the people by a smart mobility app that allows the customers to book flights, receiving booking reference details as well as track the AAT route.