Flying cars in Dubai from July: RTA

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Staff Report

Dubai – Dubai has taken a big step towards innovative and smart mobility solutions for reducing city traffic congestions, with the first trial run of manned AAV, an Autonomous Aerial Vehicle.

In collaboration with the Chinese EHANG Company, the first test run of an AAV capable of carrying a human, branded as EHANG184 was carried out in Dubai skies, the Roads and Transport Authority, RTA, said, adding that it is set to start the operation of the vehicle as early as July this year.

The vehicle is fitted with a touchscreen displaying a map of all destinations in the form of dots. It is equipped with automatic operation, taking off and cruising to the set destination before descending and landing in a specific spot. A ground control centre will monitor and control the entire operation.

Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA said: “The trial run of the first AAV is in implementation of the directives of Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to transform Dubai into the smartest city in the world. It is also part of RTA’s endeavors to provide self-driving transport through engaging in the technological tests of self-driving vehicles under Dubai environment. It replicates Dubai Self-driving Transport Strategy aimed at transforming 25 percent of total individual trips in Dubai into Self-driving trips using various modes of transport by 2030. The step would also enhance the integration between public transport modes and people happiness through the provision of smooth, quick and innovative mobility.

“The AAV exhibited at the World Government Summit is not just a model; it is a real version that we have already experimented the vehicle in a flight in Dubai sky. The RTA is making every effort to start the operation of the AAV in July 2017.