Several companies are currently busy again to bring taxi drones to the market. What seemed to be sheer science fiction is now getting closer to reality. In the city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, tests will be conducted at the end of this year with an unmanned passenger drone. Dubai wants to be a pioneer and wants to offer this service of a taxi drone as the first city in the world.
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed a deal with the German start-up Volocopter and will start testing of staff-free passenger drones by the end of this year.
The startup Volocopter received 25 million euros from investors, including German engineer Daimler, to design a drone for two passengers. According to a commercial video, the Volocopter 2X could speed up to 100 km/h and fly up to 30 minutes. The safety is guaranteed by the fact that there are nine independent batteries in the Volocopter.
Dubai also tests the Chinese Ehang 184, also a staffless drone, in this case for one person.