Dubai: By the end of the year, trial runs are expected to start on the world’s first automated aerial taxis (AAT).
But before the flying taxis operate in Dubai, here is an idea of how the unmanned aerial vehicles will look like in a big city.
Dubai Media Office has shared a series of photos of how the AAT will change the way we see the city’s skyline.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is collaborating with German firm Volocopter, which specialises in manufacturing Autonomous Air Vehicles (AAV).
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.
Capable of achieving maximum airspeed of 100 kilometres per hour, the AAT 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.