The Autonomous Air Taxi (AAT) was developed by German company Volocopter. First test of self-flying taxi took place over the city of Dubai on Monday. During 5 minutes flight, drone hovered upward 200 meters.
Two-seater, 18-rotor drone prototype has maximum duration of the flight about 30 minutes at a cruise speed of 50 km/h and maximum air speed of 100 km/h. The AAT is equipped with emergency parachutes and nine independent battery sets, which ensure the safety of users.
"Implementation would see you using your smartphone, having an app, and ordering a Volocopter to the next voloport near you." Volocopter CEO FlorianReuter said. "The volocopter would come and autonomously pick you up and take you to your destination."
Dubai announced that the trail of drone taxi would last over five years. During this time the Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority will cooperate with the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority and the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority in order to develop requirements for implementation self-flying service.