Passenger Drones Will Fly Over Dubai Skies Very Soon

Kristi Paul
February 16, 2017

The vehicle is designed in such a way that it can carry a single passenger who weighs up to 260 pounds, along with a small suitcase.

With its jet-propelled firefighters, million-dollar drone races and plans for its very own Hyperloop, Dubai ain't a bad place to see advanced technologies in action. Dubai's Roads & Transportation Agency head, Mattar al-Tayer announced at the World Government Summit that they're going to begin operating the drones along predetermined routes. Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced the news this week, with a pod-like Chinese flying auto selected as the first approved vehicle.

"This is not only a model", Mr al-Tayer.

EHang's theory is to control a global network of these personal transport drones from a central command center so one can only assume this Dubai service will be the debut use for this command center.

Passengers simply make themselves comfortable before punching in their destination using a dashboard touch screen. The drone does not allow users to fly manually; an automated destination input/delivery system is created to eliminate human error.

According to Associated Press, the Chinese-made EHang 184 has a top speed of 160 kph (100 mph), but authorities say it will be operated typically at 100 kph (62 mph). The new version has an endurance of about 30 minute flying time.

As for the drone's flying capacity, it was said that it has a speed of 100 miles per hour and it can fly up to 31 miles on a single charge.

The drone itself, introduced at CES 2016 and tested in Nevada, uses a four-rotor design and is capable of carrying up to 100kg or an individual passenger and limited cargo. This would enable the EHang 184 to get a clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the U.S.

Dubai, UAE - Transportation officials in Dubai strive to prove the city is more than just its futuristic appearance.

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