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 that 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 they enter the vehicle.
 
On its website, EHANG writes that the automated vehicles are prevented from taking off during severe weather and that 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 and can now fly for five more minutes and hold 40 more pounds. They include air conditioners and a futuristic-looking seat, 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 (13)
  • arianam-
    5/15/2017 - 08:36 a.m.

    The company doesn't have a lot of advanced technology to create a craft that can hold a lot of weight and stay in the air at the same time for a long time. Also since it's electrical and similar to a drone, that's most likely the reason why it can't fly in the rain.

  • kimberlyc-
    5/15/2017 - 08:36 a.m.

    the range of the self-flying car is limited because they are produced in china.I think that the creation of these taxis is cool but limited amounts are made.

  • saraip-
    5/15/2017 - 08:39 a.m.

    The reason the self flying taxis are limited because how much they weigh and stuff.

  • etomia-bur
    5/15/2017 - 10:18 a.m.

    The reason why the range is limited is because of the areas you have to fly in.Their can be severe weather and you fly to fly through it.



    I really do like this idea because this is the future.

  • josephp123456789123456790-
    5/16/2017 - 08:18 a.m.

    Three facts: Dubai will spend a lot of money on these. Dubai will want a lot f the taxi's by 2030. It can only hold 220 pounds.
    Two questions: How will Dubai get all the money to buy a lot of these? Can they build the taxi to hold more weight?
    One opinion: I think this is a great idea to make these and be more like we are in the future.

  • evanr-57903
    5/16/2017 - 08:26 a.m.

    1.The taxi can hold up to 220 pounds
    2.It can't go in severe weather
    3.It goes up to 31 miles at a speed

    1.How fast can it get from one side to the other side of the city
    2.Is it the 1st flying car or taxi

    1.It should work fine and will hold someone at 220 pounds

  • connorl187281-
    5/16/2017 - 09:20 a.m.

    It can only carry 1 person at a time.
    It can go over 99mph.
    it can span over 31mi.
    Why can it only support one person?
    How much will it be to take one of these "Air Taxis"?
    I think this would be really cool to have in America.

  • charlesc-
    5/16/2017 - 09:42 a.m.

    Fact 1 ) The EHANG prevent people from being stuck in traffic.
    Fact 2 ) For a single passenger they can go 31 miles, but at the speed of 99 miles per hour.
    Fact 3 ) The EHANG contains air conditioning, Futuristic seating, and a fantastic view of the the United Arab Emirates
    Question ) Is this the safest way of transportation

    Opinion ) It is very futuristic design that is very exciting



  • treyw-ver
    5/19/2017 - 10:03 a.m.

    Its amazing how fast technology is evolving and making our lives easier. If this was implemented in more places this could speed up traveling far places and there is no risk of human error its all robot operated.

  • ezequield-ver
    5/19/2017 - 10:12 a.m.

    The main reason why the range of self-flying taxis is limited is because the taxis are powered electrically which presents a restriction on the distance the taxi can fly. The taxis can not fly in the air for a long period of time without having to land and recharge it's battery. The range of distance depends on how much battery the flying taxi has so if the battery has 50%,the taxi will only travel half of it's maximum distance.

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