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Dubai's self-flying taxi makes first concept flight

(Xinhua)    15:29, September 26, 2017

DUBAI, Sept. 25 -- The Autonomous Air Taxi (AAT) of Dubai, world's first self-flying taxi introduced by Dubai's Road and Transport Authority (RTA), launched its maiden concept trip on Monday near the Jumeirah Beach Park, the official Dubai Media Office reported.

The two-seated AAT, capable of transporting people without human intervention or a pilot, has been supplied by Volocopter, a Germany-based specialist manufacturer of automated air vehicles.

The AAT, expected to be put into use in the fourth quarter, is powered by electricity and is highly safe, with its design of comprising 18 rotors to ensure secure cruising and landing in case of any rotor failure, said RTA.

"It is environment-friendly as it is powered by clean electricity, and it has very little noise. It has a maximum flight time of approximately 30 minutes at a speed of 50 km per hour, and a maximum air speed of 100 km per hour," according to RTA.

"After the remarkable success of the first driverless metro in the region, we are glad to witness today the test flight of the Autonomous Air Taxi," said Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum.

"This is another proof of our commitment to positive change. We are constantly exploring opportunities to serve the community and advance the prosperity and happiness of society," he added.

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