Dubai has tested the world’s first uncrewed flying taxi called the Autonomous Air Taxi (AAT). The drone-like two-seater autonomous taxi hovered 200 meters high during the test flight and has been supplied by specialist German manufacturer Volocopter.
The AAT is environmentally friendly, powered by electricity, and the prototype version has a maximum flight time of 30 minutes, at a cruising speed of 50 km/h (31 mph), and a maximum airspeed of 100 km/h (62 mph).
The Dubai government says over the next five years, Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority will work with the country and city’s aviation authorities to develop policy and laws for the AAT and its services. Trial operations will take place during this time, and US company JDA Aviation will oversee preparations for the AAT flights and manage safety.