The company captured the test flight on video. It shows how a giant drone independently lifted off the ground, climbed to a height of 200 m, flew around one of the sandy beaches of Dubai and landed gently. The test duration was five minutes. Since this is the first such flight, there were no people in the vehicle cabin.
This drone is called AAT (Autonomous Air Taxi) and is developed by the German company Volocopter. The air taxi is powered by an electric motor, it is much more compact than any traditional helicopter and emits significantly less noise. The vehicle's cockpit seats two people, and for their safety, the AAT has parachutes and nine spare batteries that are used in case of emergencies. The drone is held in the air by the force of 18 propellers, its cruising speed is 50 km / h, and its maximum speed is 100 km / h.
Dubai authorities are planning to incorporate air taxis into the city's transportation system. It is assumed that AAT flights will account for a quarter of all passenger traffic in the UAE capital by 2030 - it will be possible to call drones through a smartphone application.
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In the next five years, the city administration also intends to develop detailed traffic rules and a route system for air transport.
The commercial AAT model will go on sale next year. Price has not been disclosed yet.>