Dubai tests drones-taxi-service

Reuters

Dubai its first test of a drone taxi-service, which it hopes will be a sustainable transport system in the city.

The two-seater, 18-rotor unmanned vehicle took a five-minute flight on a strip of sand on the Gulf coast.

The flight was in the presence of crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed.

Dubai has big ambitions for the acquisition of the smart city, with drones and robots at the heart of their plans.

The drone was said by the German company Volocopters and the company, it hopes, the taxis up and running within five years.

“The implementation would you see with your smartphone, with an app and order a Volocopters to the next Voloport vicinity,” said chief executive Florian Reuter.

“The volocopter is still going to happen, and autonomously, pick you up and bring you to your destination.”

The drone, which were previously tested in Germany in April.

Rival should be a Chinese company eHang, was the first to launch a fleet of flying taxis in the city, but his plans have been delayed.Blade Runner?

Dubai has to be positioned in such a way, the Intel self to have the most intelligent city in the world with ambitions-driving vehicles account for a quarter of the trips by 2030.

Noel Sharkey, a computer scientist and robotics expert at the University of Sheffield, said the drone plans: “The big challenge will be, dynamic obstacle avoidance of the other taxis, buildings, birds, and delivery drones.

“The sky over Dubai could be uncomfortable quickly very crowded. The ground the city to a dark place of intrigue and mystery, like Blade Runner.”