Chinese Drone Taxis might be filling the skies of Dubai in 2018, according to an announcement made in Arabian Business.
A Chinese company called EHang Inc developed the E-184 drone, a one passenger taxi that might later be upgraded with another seat. As long as the regulators of Dubai approve, they should be active next year.
Passengers in the drone select a pre=programmed path for the flight, and the fully-automated navigation built into the craft is all it needs, according to the company’s CEO Hu Huazhi.
The drone can fly at up to 62 miles (100 kilometres) an hour, with the ability to stay in air for 25 minutes according to EHang.
According to Arabian Business:
“It’s currently being tested at EHang’s headquarters: a disused theme-park on the outskirts of Guangzhou, southern China, a city that’s at the vanguard of the country’s push to move away from cheap, low-end manufacturing and toward cutting-edge technology.
EHang has big ambitions — it wants to develop a network of taxi drones around the world. The company plans to sign deals in Saudi Arabia, Singapore and “several European cites” next year, the CEO said.”