The capital of United Arab Emirates, Dubai, seems to be bent on holding on to its fame as the leader in city wonders. The city boasts of world’s firsts in amazing innovations
like the world’s first rotating skyscraper and 3D
printed office. And now, it’s a new fleet of flying taxis.
According to Dubai’s Road and Transport
Authority (RTA), they are small enough to fit
into a car parking space when folded up, the
one-seater passenger drones made by Chinese
company Ehang are set to start picking up
passengers in July this year.
The electrically powered driverless drones
named Ehang 184 have already been seen
hovering above the sand dunes near the city’s
airfield during test flights. “The 184 provides a
viable solution to the many challenges the
transportation industry faces in a safe and
energy-efficient way,” said Ehang founder and
CEO Huazhi Hu when the vehicle was unveiled
during the 2016 CES gadget show in Las Vegas.
Powered by eight propellers, Ehang says the
184 (which stands for one person, eight
propellers, four arms) will cruise at around 100
kilometers per hour. The routes will be
programmed by a ground control center through
an encrypted 4G network which will monitor the
Do you still wonder why everyone wants to go there?