Dubai is 'ready' for flying taxis, the RTA says
The futuristic service could be taking to Dubai’s skies sooner than you think…
Remember the plans for Dubai’s much-hyped flying taxis, aka the Autonomous Air Taxi?
Don’t worry – they’re still in motion. In fact, the director of the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority, Mattar Al Tayer, has revealed Dubai is now “ready” for the sky-high service.
Speaking at the opening session of this week’s International Association of Public Transport MENA Transport Congress and Exhibition, Al Tayer said Dubai would continue to expand its public transport network, employing the latest technologies and innovation, Gulf News reported.
These included the Hyperloop, and other autonomous forms of transport.
Dubai tested the Autonomous Air Taxi for the first time in September last year, with the two-seater craft taking off and hovering high above the ground before safely landing back to base.
— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) September 25, 2017
The vehicles will be powered by clean electricity, reaching top speeds of around 100km per hour.
No firm date has been given on when the public can expect to start hailing these futuristic flying cabs, but based on Al Tayer’s comments, it can’t be too far away…