Dubai has announced the first test flight for its taxi drone, which saw the driverless flying transport service hover around 200 metres above the ground during a five-minute flight.
The taxi drone was designed by German company Volocopter, and resembles a two-seater helicopter topped by a hoop equipped with 18 propellers, designed for 30-minute flights at maximum.
The drone also comes with back-up batteries, rotors, and two parachutes in case of flight failures, and would involve building “voloports” from where passengers would embark and disembark the service.
The test flight took place as part of a ceremony for Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed. Following the trial, Volocopter CEO Florian Reuter said the company plans to launch the flying taxi service within five years.
“Implementation would see you using your smartphone, an app, and ordering a volocopter to the voloport near you.”