Dubai will get self-flying taxis this year
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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  • jasminew1-bur
    5/13/2017 - 07:56 p.m.

    The range of the self-flying taxis are limited because no company has really except for in Dubai, figured out how flying transportation works. And flying is really for future references not for the present. One time I had to do research on how to build a flying toy helicopter and it was very difficult especially trying to find how to use it safely.

  • justing-kut
    5/14/2017 - 09:19 a.m.

    I wonder how if it is in the most populous city, how are they going to stop from crashes. And there can't be infinite amount of drones. Will there be 20,30,40? And even then, what if there is 42 people that want to fly? Will there be a waiting line? And how will the drones know where to go to pick up people? How will people pay? This might take longer then expected.

  • quinw-kut
    5/14/2017 - 12:24 p.m.

    This flying taxis is really cool, but there are problems with this flying taxis. If this taxis can only fly for 25 to 30 minutes, and it has no driver, why would someone risk their life only to avoid 10 minutes of traffic? Also, if it can only hold one passenger, I don't get why someone would choose this flying taxis over a safer vehicle.

  • ellyb-orv
    5/14/2017 - 01:29 p.m.

    I think that is really cool that Dubai is going to have that. I kinda glad we don't have that in the U.S. because I would be way to scared to do that. I would be to screw that the taxi would malfunction and crash.

  • sydneym-kut
    5/14/2017 - 01:32 p.m.

    Wow. Just wow. This is amazing! Self-flying taxis... that is so cool.
    What I wonder about it, though, is how long did it take to design and code the self-flying taxis. If it is self flying, then it has to be able to navigate by itself, right? My assumption is that you enter in some sort of coordinate and it uses a satellite or GPS signal to pinpoint the destination.
    I think something else the creators of this futuristic technology could do to improve the taxis is to make them larger. The article says "a futuristic seat", which makes me think that it can only hold one person. The creators should improve this feature so that someone could travel with multiple people.

  • seanm2-bur
    5/15/2017 - 07:48 a.m.

    The range of self-flying taxis is limited because of the model. Most of it is the area where the passenger is, so there's not really a lot of room for a battery or gas tank, so it wouldn't hold as much power because the gas tank or battery would be so small, it carries less power. I was building circuits last year, and I used a AA battery, and the motor on the circuit was not as powerful. Then, I changed it to a 9V battery, and the circuit was much more powerful because the 9V was so much bigger and more powerful.

  • jacquelynt-
    5/15/2017 - 08:35 a.m.

    They can go as far as 31 miles then that is as far they will traval

  • cesars-
    5/15/2017 - 08:37 a.m.

    It is limited because of how big the pay load is and the car won't able to handle it.

  • joeyh-
    5/15/2017 - 08:37 a.m.

    Since drones are so new to the market, they aren't fully tested and capable of everything. They can only hold so many pounds and fly for so long. It is also limited by location, the drones can only fly over certain places. Roads are dangerous to fly over, airports are off-limits. There aren't enough regulations to fully understand how this is going to work.

    • sydneym-kut
      5/18/2017 - 08:06 a.m.

      That is a good question, Justin A. I would think that it would work like a helicopter pad, and you would wait there for one to come back from wherever it was before. Of course, while there is most likely a lot of these, it is probably programmed to fly to somewhere (or somewhere near, in the case of the helicopter pads) that the passenger chooses, then fly back to where it originated.
      So, in response, you probably just wait at a designated place to get in one.

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