Imagine a city where vehicles zipping across the sky are part of the norm. Well, you may not have to just imagine for much longer, as flying taxis are due to launch in Dubai within the next couple of years.
US-based flying taxi firm Vimana Global has recently conducted a prototype trial of its autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) right here in the city, prior to its launch in Dubai by 2020.
The fleet of Vertical Take-Off and Landing Autonomous Air Vehicles (VTOL AAVs) combines airplane, helicopter and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) capabilities on a single platform, using “blockchain technology to operate its aircraft”.
Virmana’s flying taxis have a cruising speed of 244mph, and can hold a payload of up to 400kg. You’ll be arriving at your destination in a matter of minutes at those speeds.
The taxi, free of any pilots or human interaction, will be a logistics drone as well as being an urban flying taxi for people to use.
Check out this clip which explains the ins and outs of the vehicle.
In other words, it’s a pretty nifty piece of technology that will one day have us looking to the sky to hail taxis.
"We keep Dubai on top of the list because the emirate has broken the ice in smart urban mobility. The government here is taking the mobility to next stage from 2D mobility to 3D mobility," founder and CEO of Vimana Global Evgeni Borisov told Logistics Middle East.
“We are at the starting point of the mutual collaboration including a feasibility study with the local authorities in Dubai to undertake and deploy blockchain aerospace platform prior to its launch in 2020 here and in some other cities.”
You can check out all the little details of the aircraft through Vimana Global’s website vimana.global/media-center.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about flying taxis, as last year saw Dubai launch the world’s first self-flying taxi in its first flight test.
Marty McFly wishes he was sent to this kind of future.