RTA flies into action with Volocopter to launch Autonomous Air Taxis in Dubai

The Autonomous Air Taxi has a maximum flight time of 30 minutes and a maximum airspeed of 100km/h

TRANSPORT Monday, June 19, 2017 
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed an agreement with Germany-based Volocopter – a specialist in the manufacture of Autonomous Air Vehicles (AAV) – to launch the first AAV capable of carrying two passengers.

The RTA has also extended the test run period of its first ever manned Autonomous Air Taxi (AAT) developed by Volocopter in order to meet safety and security requirements for this particular type of aerial vehicles. The trial operation of the air taxi will begin in the fourth quarter of 2017.

“The test run of the first Autonomous Air Taxi capable of carrying two passengers is in implementation of the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to transform Dubai into the smartest city worldwide,” said Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).


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