A new media report published by Reuters indicates that a short exhibition in Dubai has unveiled plans to, in the future, operate an air-taxi service. The unveiling on Monday of the potential air tax- a two-seater, 18-rotor unmanned flying vehicle made by German firm Volocopter, had its maiden test flight, transporting Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed away for a five-minute flight 200 meters above a patch of sand.
According to Reuters, Dubai and Volocopter ultimately want to be able to offer rides that last up to 30 minutes. They envision a future wherein you’ll be able to hail a flying taxi like an Uber — simply book one through an app and wait for it at a nearby “voloport.” And since they’ll be offering something new, they want passengers to feel safe by equipping each flying taxi with back-up batteries and rotors, as well as a couple of parachutes.
The creators of the Velocopter ride aims at implementing full sense capability” in the future- something that will ensure that the machine avoids obstacles and avoid colliding with other flying taxis on the way.