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Once again, Dubai is ahead of the curve as Dubai’s ae­rial trans­porta­tion ser­vice is part of their am­bi­tious strat­egy to have self-driv­ing ve­hi­cles ac­count for a quar­ter of jour­neys made in Dubai by 2030. Dubai, how­ever, doesn’t plan to wait around for Uber to de­liver and has al­ready started the test­ing process of their ae­rial ve­hi­cles. Hav­ing started tri­als with the Chi­nese com­pany Ehang, the Ehang 184 AAV has al­ready been seen hov­er­ing above the sand dunes near the city’s air­field dur­ing test flights.

Since then, Dubai has signed an agree­ment with Ger­man avi­a­tion com­pany, Volo­copter not men­tion­ing the rea­son for the switch. Un­like the Ehand 184 AAV, the Volo­copter 2X is a two-seater, and the bat­tery can be fully charged in 40 min­utes for a max­i­mum flight time of 30 min­utes.

The au­ton­o­mous ae­rial taxis will fly pas­sen­gers on pre­de­ter­mined routes and tri­als will con­tinue for ap­prox­i­mately 5 years. RTA is work­ing with Dubai Civil Avi­a­tion Author­ity to iron out leg­isla­tive and op­er­a­tional guide­lines.

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