First flight of Dubai’s self-flying taxi


It’s finally here.

After an occasional sneak peak, a few quiet test runs and plenty of anticipation, Dubai’s unmanned aerial taxi took to the skies to show a revolution in personal air travel is no fad of the futurists.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, attended the maiden concept flight of the Autonomous Air Taxi (AAT), a vehicle that will be used for the world’s first self-flying taxi service set to be introduced by Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority.

The two-seater, capable of transporting people without human intervention or a pilot, has been supplied by Volocopter, a Germany-based specialist manufacturer. The test flight was held at a location near the Jumeirah Beach Park.

“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 Sheikh Hamdan. More info