World’s first self-flying taxi has started testing in Dubai. The self-flying taxi has been built by Volocopter, a German specialty manufacturer of autonomous air vehicles. It has designed to transport people autonomously. It is called the Autonomous Air Taxi (AAT), The AAT is environmentally friendly, powered by electricity, and the prototype version has a maximum flight time of 30 minutes, at a cruising speed of 50 km/h (31 mph), and a maximum airspeed of 100 km/h (62 mph).
The self-flying taxi resembles a small, two-seater helicopter cabin topped by a wide hoop studded with 18 propellers. It is meant to fly without remote control guidance and comes with a lot of fail-proof safety measures such as back-up batteries, rotors with optional emergency parachutes and nine independent battery systems. Each battery takes two hours to fully charge, but that charging time will be “significantly reduced” in the final production version of the taxi, the Government of Dubai claims.
Dubai has a target for autonomous transport to account for a quarter of total trips by 2030.