The manned drone, EHang 184, will go up in the air in Dubai this summer. As the leader of Dubai’s Roads & Transportation Agency, Mattar al-Tayer, publicly announced, the flying taxi will be introduced in the summer of this year. It seems EHang‘s first test flight around the Burj al-Arab skyscraper hotel in Dubai persuaded the relevant decision-makers. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) continuously strive to be a world’s frontrunner when it comes to technologically sophisticated lighthouse projects – and the next one is probably placed in the air with a EHang 184 fleet.
Designed by a Chinese company, the Autonomous Aerial Vehicle (AAV) is fully powered by electricity – offering the opportunity to charge and fly with 100 percent green power. Actually, the conditions for photovoltaic are brilliant in this region.
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Passengers with a weight up to 100 kg can enjoy the power of eight motors with a total maximum output of 152 kW. With a possible top speed of 160 kph, it is advisable to throttle EHang’s velocity – maybe down to 100 kph as the authorities say. Passengers can be transported from A to B for the maximum of a half-hour flight and a range of up to 50 kilometers (31 miles). Naturally, it would be interesting to know in which extent the at full blast running and definitely required air-conditioning system will reduce the operating range.
Precise information regarding the beginning of operations in July are not yet known. Allegedly, the flying electric vehicle has been already tested with 4G mobile internet by the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority. The view over the desert city of Dubai at a maximum peak altitude of 3.5 km is surely a great experience. But maybe a drone highway will follow soon in order organize and structure the drone traffic?
For some time now, it is necessary to register hobby drones in the United Arab Emirates. This regulation is an absolute necessity in order to ensure safe drone traffic above Dubai’s skyline in the near future.