As if flying around in a drone wasn’t already cool enough…
If you haven’t heard, the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) are introducing these mad, futuristic autonomous flying taxis as early as this July.
They’re crazy. It’s basically a giant drone with a seat in it.
Check out the video from the RTA introducing the flying taxi:
Now, now. Let’s not get too excited. We imagine they’re going to be a little more pricey than your standard cab.
The drones, developed by Chinese drone-makers EHANG come equipped with 30 minutes worth of flight time. Sure, that doesn’t sound like long — but if you’re quite literally travelling ‘as the crow flies’ then nowhere in Dubai will be too far a trip.
Which is why we need to prepare. Why fork out to fly in style if it’s not for something special?
Five rad ways you could use Dubai’s flying taxis:
1. Showing up at a party
Because nothing screams ‘class’ more than rocking up to Barasti in an autonomous flying machine.
2. To catch up to Jetman’s Instagram follower count
You’ve got some catching up to do — it’s not quite whizzing around the city with a jetpack on but we’re sure your friends in other countries will be jealous.
3. To watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks in peace
Downtown’s a nightmare on New Year’s. If you’re looking to catch the celebrations in peace, why not take to the skies? A little lonely, perhaps, but you’ll be rewarded with ultimate bragging rights.
4. As a temporary AC during the summer
The flying taxis come with 30 minutes worth of flight time. That’s just enough to kick back and cool off.
5. To beat the Sheikh Zayed traffic
Wait, that’s actually not a bad idea…
What’s this all about, then?
The flying taxis are designed to fly for 30 minutes at a max speed of 160 kilometres per hour (that’s pretty darn fast).
They’re around four metres long by four metres wide, with the ability to carry up to 100 kilograms of weight along with a small suitcase.
As far as the taxi’s max cruising height, they can fly up to 915 metres. For reference, that’s roughly 100 metres higher than the Burj Khalifa.
With a charge time of just 1 to 2 hours, the flying taxis can operate quite niftily under bad weather conditions. Except thunderstorms, but let’s be honest — taking a flying hunk of metal to the sky when there’s lightning about was never a good idea.