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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  • angelax-bur
    5/15/2017 - 09:48 a.m.

    The range of self-flying taxis are limited because if these were used a lot, then cars would be very useless. I know that these kinds of taxis will shut down factories.

  • kadenm-bur
    5/15/2017 - 09:56 a.m.

    I think it is limited because it could be very expensive and probably don't have enough money to pay for every time.I remember the time when i saw a self-driving car by google.

  • demetricej-bur
    5/15/2017 - 10:17 a.m.

    I think that the self-flying taxis are limited because they need to stop and get gas. I would love to have an self-flying taxi because its like a drone and I love drones.

  • lesliep-bur
    5/15/2017 - 10:55 a.m.

    The range of self driving cars is so limited because it would probably cost a lot to make them for all around the world and the normal cars work just fine. I personally think self driving flying cars are useless if it doesn't help the environment more than cars do.

  • kaelc-bur
    5/15/2017 - 10:56 a.m.

    Self-flying taxis are limited because of the fact it is still in it's early stages. Just like when cars were first built they weren't as reliable as they are today. If the self-flying taxis become a success, it will eventually replace even regular taxis. I've been in a taxi before and it got me where I was going pretty quickly. I hope the flying ones are as efficient.

  • melissag-bur
    5/15/2017 - 10:58 a.m.

    The range of a self-flying taxis is limited because maybe the people will might to keep riding them and the taxi drivers will stat to lose there job. They may also be expensive. My mom, grandma, grandpa are taxi drivers.

  • kyleec-bur
    5/15/2017 - 10:58 a.m.

    the range of the self-flying taxis is limited because the taxis probably can't leave Dubai.If the taxi leaves Dubai it will probably shut off or break down.I don't think the taxis in Dubai should have limited range, they should be able to go anywhere out of Dubai.Just not really far away from where its location.

  • samirs-bur
    5/15/2017 - 10:59 a.m.

    the range of the self-flying cars is limited because the taxis probably cant leave DUBAI therefore its limited so because of the self-flying taxis not leaving DUBAI its is very limited. there shouldn't be a limited range we would probably get to places quicker because were driving the car.

  • jacksone-bur
    5/15/2017 - 11:03 a.m.

    I think that the range of the self-flying taxis limited because it would make factory workers lose there jobs because they might not need anymore cars for the future. I would be furious if I lost my job because of a self-flying taxi.

  • ashtonc1-bur
    5/15/2017 - 11:05 a.m.

    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.

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