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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  • jenniferr-bur
    5/15/2017 - 11:09 a.m.

    the taxis are drones that propel themselves and a single passenger up to 31 miles at a speed of over 99 miles per hour. I wouldn't go to in to a flying car.

  • deshawnj-bur
    5/15/2017 - 11:18 a.m.

    The range of these self flying taxis are limited because they can fly out to the middle of the ocean but the only challenge is actually getting back. Getting back is probably the hardest thing to do because, if someone weighs over the limit the taxi cant fly. I know this because i put 5 pounds on my ten dollar drone and it didn't even take off.

  • alonad-bur
    5/15/2017 - 11:18 a.m.

    because things these days could be really expansive these days so I would see why they put a limit on there taxes

  • numaira-bur
    5/15/2017 - 12:44 p.m.

    Why it is limited is because people will forget about cars and won't use them anymore. So then the car dealers won't get any money and Dubai's GDP would go down.

  • alexanderj-bur
    5/15/2017 - 12:54 p.m.

    The limit of the sky taxis is 31 miles. This would be cool, the only thing next is somebody named Doc Brown and a Delorean.

  • jordanb1-bur
    5/15/2017 - 12:55 p.m.

    The range of Self-Flying taxis are limited because if more people want to ride in them Taxi drivers will to be unemployed, which means that people will lose their jobs. Another cause of this is the economy will go down and people wont be able meet their needs and supply themselves. It would be cool to ride in flying taxis but will be expensive and cost too much to ride or buy.

  • xavierg-bur
    5/15/2017 - 12:58 p.m.

    I think the range is limited because the more self driving taxis there are the less man driving taxis there are and they will eventually be unemployed. I used to wash dishes but then my mom got a dishwasher and i don't do dishes anymore.

  • brandona52163-
    5/15/2017 - 12:59 p.m.

    31 miles because they are not yet advanced much

  • leylal-bur
    5/15/2017 - 01:57 p.m.

    The range of self-Flying taxis are limited because if more people want to ride in them.Then taxi drivers will become jobless. When I think of Dubai I think of also ways being inventive for example their tall buildings.

  • katherinel1-bur
    5/15/2017 - 07:28 p.m.

    The range of self flying taxis is limited because it is a very new idea that not everyone could have thought of. I know that Dubai is very wealthy.

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