Sunday 25 February 2018

Plan to fly passenger-carrying drone in Dubai

A model of the EHang 184 at the World Government Summit in Dubai (Jon Gambrell/PA)
A model of the EHang 184 at the World Government Summit in Dubai (Jon Gambrell/PA)

Dubai hopes to have a passenger-carrying drone regularly buzzing through the skyline of the futuristic city-state in July.

Mattar al-Tayer, the head of Dubai's roads and transportation agency, made the announcement 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 types in a destination on a touchscreen in front of the passenger seat, then the drone would fly there automatically.

The drone, which has a half-an-hour flight time, will be monitored remotely by a control room on the ground.

In May, authorities in Nevada announced they would partner with EHang to test the 184.

AP

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