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Passenger drone to lift-off in Dubai July

24 Feb, 2017 09:00 am

An egg-shaped, four-legged passenger drone is slated for operation in July in Dubai, the city's Roads and Transportation Agency said.


The China-made EHang 184 has already flown over the iconic Burj al-Arab skyscraper hotel to much fanfare. The operation comes just as a partnership has been formed between the Emirati city and Hyperloop One, a supersonic transit system developer.

The drone will be able to carry a single passenger weighing less than 100 kilograms (220 pounds) and a small suitcase. Once the safety belt is attached, the passenger selects the destination with a touchscreen.

A control room will monitor the drones, which will have a battery range of 30 minutes of flight time and up to 50 kilometres (31 miles) in distance. The drone plans to operate at a speed of 100 kph (62 mph) when in service in Dubai, however it can reach a maximum speed of 160 kph (100 mph).

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Drones are emerging as viable airborne taxis and as a potential mobility solution to traffic congestion in urban zones.
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