Dubai will get self-flying taxis this year A model of EHang 184 and the next generation of Dubai Drone Taxi is seen during the second day of the World Government Summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell/EHANG)
Dubai will get self-flying taxis this year
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Flying cars have long been the hallmark of a not-yet-realized fantastical future. And though it seems we are not there yet, you may want to fasten your seatbelts. As Leslie Josephs reports for Quartz, Dubai will offer self-flying taxis by July.
 
OK, so they're not what you might think of as a car. Rather, the taxis are drones that propel themselves and a single passenger up to 31 miles at a speed of over 99 miles per hour. But the vehicles might just usher in an era of roadless travel. The announcement came during a government summit in Dubai. It was in part, devoted to the future of traffic.
 
Dubai's plan is futuristic indeed. In a release, the city's transportation authority writes that the city plans to make a full 25 percent of its travel autonomous by the year 2030. The taxis are part of that plan. Called the EHANG 184, they are produced in China. The electric craft can fly to a single point designated by the passenger once entering the vehicle.
 
On its website, EHANG writes that the automated vehicles are prevented from taking off during severe weather. They can fly for up to 25 minutes with a payload as heavy as 220 pounds. However, Engadget reports that the craft has been updated. It can now fly for five more minutes and hold 40 more pounds. They include air conditioners and a futuristic-looking seat. That's not to mention the potential for spectacular views of the United Arab Emirates' most populous city. 
 
The taxis have already been tested in Dubai, reports Josephs. And the city is all about the travel of the future with a driverless metro and plans to study a potential future hyperloop system.
 
How much will the taxis cost? How will Dubai manage hailing and fares? Those details are unclear. But one thing is. The future (kind of) has arrived.

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Why is the range of the self-flying taxis limited?
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COMMENTS (77)
  • aidenj57-
    5/12/2017 - 08:32 a.m.

    they can only fly for 30 minutes so that means they die before going any farther

  • elliota-orv
    5/12/2017 - 11:36 a.m.

    Because the idea of a self flying taxi, or just a flying taxi, is relatively new, so there are not that many companies pursuing the idea.

    • javonh-bur
      5/24/2017 - 10:41 a.m.

      I gest it counts as flying cars. But a flying taxi is pretty cool. You can't hurt anyone or you can't crash into a car



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      • Ian M-tar
        5/24/2017 - 11:14 a.m.

        Yes,however you will now be in danger of other flying objects like drones and other taxis.

  • kalebm-kut
    5/12/2017 - 01:17 p.m.

    Wow that's awesome I cant wait until that comes to the U.S. I am kind of scared to go in that thing because it can only hold up to 220 pound for 25 mins. but now it can go for 30 more mins. and hold 40 pounds. Also if you like fast rides you will like this one because it can go 99 mph I cant wait.

  • samanthas-1-ste
    5/12/2017 - 01:27 p.m.

    The range is limited because it is still new to the public. Until they can figure out the bugs of it, it'll have limitations.

  • jahir-orv
    5/12/2017 - 02:21 p.m.

    Because people can be irresponsible with these vehicles. They can get hurt when flying it. Or they can hurt someone.

  • angelesg-bur
    5/12/2017 - 02:41 p.m.

    Self-flying taxis are limited because if not cars will soon turn to be useless .Factories will shut down and workers will be poor because there's no factory to work in and taxis drivers will be a part of the past .Making a new thing also causes a down side . However if you can get to places faster than more businesses can be created traffic will no longer be a problem in the city .First it was your legs ,then horse drawn carriages , the automobiles soon made their hit will it soon be drones next in line?This is why self-flying taxis are limited.

  • deriahm-bur
    5/12/2017 - 03:04 p.m.

    The range of Self-Flying taxis are limited because if more people want to ride in them then Taxi drivers will get an Unemployment this basically means that people will lose their jobs. Another cause of this is the economy goes down and people wont be able meet their needs. What this means is that, when going shopping or buying groceries we like to buy 5 pairs of shoes at one time or overload our buggies with all the snacks we love but if the economy goes down then you wont be able to do these things, many people will be poor. A personal connection that I have to this is my first time riding on an airplane. At first I was so scared but my mom told me not to be afraid.

  • cheyannec-kut
    5/12/2017 - 04:20 p.m.

    The world is FULL of technology. From phones to digital watches, everything is constantly improving. With flying cars .. well, drones technically, in the process of being released it really does prove how much we humans can do if we put our minds to it. I hope that they grow on this idea, and make it so that one day, it is possible for the average family or at least more than one person to fit in these drones. This was very interesting to learn about!

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