World's first flying taxi will take off in Dubai soon says RTA
Officials from Germany’s Greentech festival expect Volocopter to be commercialised in places like Dubai, Singapore and Germany by the end of next year.
And authorities have announced that Volocopter, the world's first flying taxi, maybe coming to the sky sooner than many think.
The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced the signing of an agreement with the German VOLOCOPTER Ccompany; a specialist in the manufacturing of Autonomous Air Vehicles, to launch the first vehicle capable of carrying two passengers. The trial operation of this taxi began in 2017.
The Volocopter is the first manned, fully electric, vertical takeoff and landing aircraft. This vehicle is designed to carry two people.
The autonomous air taxi has a variety of unique features highlighted by top security & safety standards, and multiple redundancy in all critical components such as propellers, motors, power source, electronics and flight controls.
It is also fitted with a full aircraft emergency parachute, nine independent battery systems, battery quick-change & plug-in system, and fast battery charging time of 40 minutes.
"The test run of the first Autonomous Air Taxi capable of carrying two passengers is in implementation of the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to transform Dubai into the smartest city worldwide,” said Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).
“The move also echoes Dubai’s Smart Autonomous Mobility Strategy that seeks to transform a quarter of the total mobility journeys in Dubai into autonomous transport by 2030. Another objective is to enhance the integration between mass transit modes and people’s happiness by providing smooth, fast and innovative transit modes,” Al Tayer added.
“A delegation from RTA visited several autonomous air vehicle manufacturers, and the German VOLOCOPTER company was selected thanks to its compliance with the international safety and security standards, and passing the rigorous standards of the German Aviation Authority, which apply the highest safety and security in designing and operating aircrafts,” said Al Tayer.
In coordination with its strategic partners and in the Emirate, RTA will specify the air routes of journeys, take-off and landing points of these taxis as well as the logistics needed to ensure safe and smooth mobility of passengers.
The RTA will forge additional partnerships with other manufacturers of autonomous air vehicles after ensuring their fulfilment of the specifications and standards of air safety approved in Dubai.