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Tests have begun on the autonomous aerial vehicle.

A couple of months back, the Roads and Transport Authority has announced that by July, a fleet of flying taxis will be tested that will eventually be part of Dubai’s public transport option. Fast forward to today, and we now have footage of the test being conducted by EHANG, who has designed the vehicles.

Tests have begun on the autonomous aerial vehicle.

A couple of months back, the Roads and Transport Authority has announced that by July, a fleet of flying taxis will be tested that will eventually be part of Dubai’s public transport option. Fast forward to today, and we now have footage of the test being conducted by EHANG, who has designed the vehicles.

Called the autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV), the tests have already begun near the Burj Al Arab. The project was made in collaboration between EHANG, the Chinese company that designed the AAV, and the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA).

The video below showcases the test being conducted in Dubai. “Since early 2017, the EHang184 autonomous aerial vehicle has experimented flight tests in Dubai sky at the test site of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA). Test flights have been carried out especially at deserts and coastal environments for a number of adaptive aviation flight test subjects,” the caption in the video said.

The vehicle will house a touchscreen that will show a destination map along and is fitted with highly-accurate sensors. The AAV can fly a maximum of 30 minutes with a cruising speed of 160 kph.

This gives us a view as to how the UAE is pioneering the development of such technologies and implementing them into the daily lives of people.

[Image credit: EHANG YouTube Channel]

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