The incredible city of Dubai has decided to deliver a premiere this summer – it will begin using autonomous drones for human transport duties!
Numerous concepts feature autonomous drones taking charge of delivering parcels – Amazon has been considering the prospects, even Mercedes Benz hooked up its Vision commercial Van Concept to a couple. But later this year if you are in Dubai you’ll be able to hop in one and get yourself delivered to the needed destination. And because when delivering such premieres it’s best to go all in, these drones will not only carry people, they will also be autonomous. Dubai’s Roads & Transportation Agency has recently approved the Chinese-made EHang 184 drones for use across the city’s skyline.
Dubai’s head – Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has said last year he intends to have the city as one of the leading entities in terms of transportation technologies. The city has already approved autonomous vehicles and even Elon Musk’s Hyperloop is delivering the first real-world trial by opening a bath between Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The EHang 184 – also on trial in Nevada after being showcased at CES this year, is a four-legged, eight propeller craft. The limitations are it can only hold one person at a time with a weight of no more than 220 pounds and that includes a small suitcase. The battery gives 30 minutes of flight time and a range of about 31 miles – with maximum speed of 100 mph, but operational duties performed at 60 mph.