Dubai to test run world’s first automated flying taxis by year end

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Dubai

Trial runs of the world’s first automated aerial taxis (AAT) are expected to start by the end of this year, local media reported Wednesday. Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is collaborating with German firm Volocopter, which specializes in manufacturing Autonomous Air Vehicles (AAV), on the AAT project.
Over the next five years, the two-seater AAT will undergo test flights and safety checks while the RTA and Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) will be working on rules and regulations for the new transport system, the report said.
The AAT, capable of achieving maximum airspeed of 100 kilometres per hour, will have a maximum continuous flight time of 30 minutes. Powered by electricity, the AAT will be equipped with 18 rotors and nine independent battery systems which can be charged within 40 minutes, the report added. If approved for use, the aerial taxis will change the skyline of the modern city in the United Arab Emirates, and the way its residents travel in future.—APP