Drone taxis tested in Dubai

Feb 15, 2017 11:30:22 AM

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Flying cars may finally be in our future.

Last year, we reported that autonomous drone taxis may be on the way, after hearing that Chinese company EHang was doing some testing in Nevada.

It seems that they made some progress, because this week they announced that they would begin a trial version of the flying car this summer in Dubai.

No roads, no driver. So how does it work?

From the AP's report:

"The craft can carry a passenger weighing up to 100 kilograms (220 pounds) and a small suitcase. After buckling into its race-car-style seat, the craft's sole passenger selects a destination on a touch-screen pad in front of the seat and the drone flies there automatically.

"The drone, which has a battery allowing for a half-hour flight time and a range of up to 50 kilometers (31 miles), will be monitored remotely by a control room on the ground. It has a top speed of 160 kph (100 mph), but authorities say it will be operated typically at 100 kph (62 mph)."

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