Dubai hopes to have a passenger-carrying drone regularly buzzing through the skyline of the city in July.
Mattar al-Tayer, the head of Dubai’s Roads & Transportation Agency, made the announcement today at the World Government Summit.
The drone, a Chinese-made EHang 184 is an egg-shaped craft with four legs sticking out, each with two small propellers.
The rider punches in a destination on a touch screen in front of the passenger seat, then the drone would fly there automatically.
The drone, which has a half-hour flight time, will be monitored remotely by a control room on the ground.
EHang did not respond to a request for comment. In May, authorities in Nevada announced they would partner with EHang to test the 184.
The 184 AAV is designed with full redundancy – If one set of the power system are operating abnormal, the vehicle can still operate a normal flight plan and ensure the safety of the passenger together with the vehicle.
The 184 was designed to be a 100% with green technology, and is powered by electricity only.
The 184 AAV has embedded with Ehang fail safe system. If any components malfunction or disconnect, the aircraft will immediately land in the nearest possible area to ensure safety.
The communication is encrypted and each AAV has its independent key.
Ehang 184 AAV flies in an inverted U shape.
Take-Off/Landing points are landing targets pre-set with Ehang Logo.
The landing camera will position the landing targets automatically and accurately.