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.