Dubai may opt to delay launch of driverless flying taxis

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said on Monday it will not commence commercial service of driverless flying taxis until it gets a safety certification.

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Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said on Monday it will not commence commercial service of driverless flying taxis until it gets a safety certification.

Earlier this month, the RTA in collaboration with China’s Ehang Company announced it had carried the first test run of an autonomous aerial vehicle capable of carrying a human and would put it in operation by July.

“Safety is our priority. The flying cars need to be certified before we put them into commercial operations,” Mattar Al Tayer, director general and chairman of RTA, said after launching the 2017-2021 digital strategy.

“We are working on the certification process and have set up a committee. We hope to launch the service on a limited basis by July only if the certification procedure is completed and it is 100 percent safe,” he added. More info

By Parag Deulgaonkar  arabianbusiness.com