All those science fiction transport vehicles – where man traveled air to air is now a reality. Dubai is gearing up to launch world’s first self-driving air taxis service. Yes, you read that right. It is a Chinese prototype (of EHang 184) that will be launched in the Emirates by July this year.
Air Taxis Will Reduce Road Congestion
These flights will carry passengers just like public transport from one place to another. The only difference is that it will air drop the passengers instead of making the roads more congested. The idea of this vehicle also came because the government was trying to help reduce traffic congestion. Given the number of vehicles operating in Dubai, it is pretty understandable why the authorities thought this is the best way to go. Thankfully, the technology is here today.
“The autonomous aerial vehicle exhibited at the World Government Summit is not just a model. We have already experimented (with) the vehicle in flight in (the) Dubai sky,” the authority head Mattar al-Tayer said on Monday.
Future of Self-Driven Vehicles
This announcement is in line with Dubai’s aim to make a quarter of its means of transport self-sufficient by 2030. This means that more self-driven cars and air taxis will be seen in the coming decades. EHang 184 can go up to 300 meters (1000 feet) in the air and can travel at a speed of 60 mph.
All you need to do is select your destination, and the air transport facility will carry you to your location. It surely seems right out of a storybook. Whether it is safe or not, remains to be seen.
Not just air vehicle but Dubai might also allow Hyperloop One to operate soon fully. In November 2016, the country made a deal with the company to construct a supersonic transport link from Emirates to Abu Dhabi.