Ehang 184 Autonomous Aerial Vehicle To Become Flying Taxi In Dubai

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It's a 500-pound personal aircraft, with room for one passenger weighing up to 100 kilograms (220 pounds) and a small suitcase in a separate compartment.

The arrival of the Ehang 184, dubbed the world's first passenger drone, was announced by the head of Dubai's Roads and Transportation Agency Mattar al-Tayer at the World Government Summit, which is now underway in the gulf city.

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Dubai plans to have a passenger drone ready and flying by the summer. Al-Tayer says that the drone will be in regular operation come July.

He is quoted as saying "This is not only a model", al-Tayer said.

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The RTA have been working alongside Chinese firm EHang, whose autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) the EHang 184 looks set to taxi passengers across Dubai's impressive skyline. It has a seat that appears to be out of a race auto and destinations are chosen from the touchpad screen of the craft. In April 2016, Dubai's ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, said a quarter of the vehicles in Dubai would be driverless by 2030. When the destination is touched, the drone will automatically fly to the location. Using a touch screen to select a preset destination, passengers will be able to travel for up to 30 minutes at a speed of around 60mph.

The maximum speed the EHang 184 can accomplish is 100 miles per hour; however, authorities have asserted that the drone will operate at a speed of 62 miles per hour. In May, authorities in Nevada announced they would partner with EHang to test the 184 to possibly be cleared by the US Federal Aviation Administration.

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

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