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Dubai flies in to the future with new air taxis

Image of the Autonomous Aerial Taxi [Volocopter]
Image of the Autonomous Aerial Taxi [Volocopter]

Dubai's Road and Transport Authority (RTA) announced that it will begin testing a two-passenger autonomous aerial taxi (AAT) later this year.

You might think the photos are out of a science fiction film or a futuristic cartoon, but they are not. This is actually happening in Dubai in 2017.

The Dubai Media Office tweeted several photos of what these Sci Fi-esque self-flying vehicles will look like.

And people are still trying to take it all in.

Dubai's RTA has been collaborating with the German company Volocopter, a specialist in the manufacturing of autonomous aerial vehicles, to make this a reality.

RTA will also be working with the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority to develop a legal framework for pilotless aircrafts carrying passengers.

Inside view of the driverless flying cab known as the Autonomous Aerial Taxi [Volocopter]

Powered by electricity, these vehicles will be equipped with 18 rotors and nine independent battery systems, and they will be able to fly at speeds of up to 100 kilometres per hour.

Who knows? This might very well be the view from your high rise apartment in a few years' time!

Image of the Autonomous Aerial Taxi [Volocopter]

And yet, not everyone is impressed. Highlighting the numerous restrictions in the UAE, including a ban on Skype, this Twitter user told Dubai to "try again".

Would you take a ride in a self-flying taxi?

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