RTA plans flying cars by July
Dubai's Roads &Transport authority plans Autonomous Aerial Vehicle launch by July this year
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Dubai's Roads & Transport Authority plans to make airborne passenger drones available to the public by July this year
Mattar Al Tayer, director general and chairman of the board of the RTA, said that the RTA had successfully trialled the the Autonomous Aerial Vehicle (AAV), a single-seat flying car in Dubai, and will make every effort to launch in July.
The AAV will have a range of 40-50km, and a flying time of around 30 minutes. The vehicle will be able to carry a load of 100kg. The vehicle will fly on autopilot, and will be monitored by a central command centre.
Speaking at the World Government Summit, Al Tayer said that the RTA was testing autonomous vehicles as part of Dubai's goal of having autonomous vehicles account for 25% of all journeys in Dubai by 2030.
The vehicle has been developed in collaboration with Chinese manufacturer EHANG.
A passenger in the AAV will be able to select from a number of preset destinations displayed on a map on a touchscreen in the cockpit. The drone will then fly to the selected destination.
The AAV is a quad copter vehicle, with four pairs of propellers, which Al Tayer said will mean in the event of one propeller failing, the drone will still be able to complete the flight smoothly.
The AAV is designed to fly for maximum 30 minutes at a maximum cruising speed of 160 km/h, with a standard speed of 100 km/h. The ascending/descending speed is about 6 meters per second and the landing speed is 4m/s. The AAV measures 3.9 m in length, 4.02 m in width and 1.60 m in height. It weighs about 250 kg and 360 with a passenger. The maximum cruising height is 3000 feet and the battery charging time is 1-2 hours. The AAV is designed to operate under all climatic conditions apart from thunderstorms.
During the presentation at the World Government Summit, a video was shown of testing of the AAV at SkyDive Dubai's desert campus and at a Dubai seafront hotel.