Watch Dubai’s flying taxis take their first test run above the city

It’s no secret that the Dubai government are looking to introduce flying taxis to our skies.

In this latest video, it looks like it’s set to happen sooner than we think.

The clip, shared by EHANG, manufacturers of flying taxis flaunts the aerial cabs whizzing around the city.

EHANG’s autonomous aerial vehicles can reach speeds of up to 62 miles per hour, using four arms and eight propellers.

If anything goes wrong mid-flight, the taxi will just land in the nearest safe spot.

Made from composite material, carbon fiber, epoxy and aerial aluminum alloy, the craft have a 23-minute max flight time and a 220lb weight limit.

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The coolest part? To navigate around, all you have to do is select a destination on a tablet inside the taxi. You can even adjust the temperature of the taxi using an app on the same tablet.

The RTA announced last month that the testing of flying taxis would happen as early as the end of the year.

Check out EHANG’s video of the flying taxi specifics…
Even Uber are getting involved…

Uber have jumped on the prospect of flying taxis in Dubai, announcing back in April that Dubai, alongisde Dallas, Texas, would be one of two cities to see the company launch a system of flying taxis.

“What started as a simple question – ‘why can’t I push a button and get a ride? – has turned, for Uber, into a passionate pursuit of the pinnacle of urban mobility,” sad Jeff Holden, Chief Product Officer at Uber.

Holden listed off some of the benefits of flying taxis, including “the reduction of congestion and pollution from transportation, giving people their time back, freeing up real estate dedicated to parking and providing access to mobility services in all corners of a city.”

The taxis will take off from a network of ‘vertiports’, which can be found atop parking lots, existing helipads as well as unused plots of land.

Five rad ways you could use Dubai’s flying taxis:

1. Showing up at a party 

Because nothing screams ‘class’ more than rocking up to Barasti in an autonomous flying machine.

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2. To catch up to Jetman’s Instagram follower count

You’ve got some catching up to do — it’s not quite whizzing around the city with a jetpack on but we’re sure your friends in other countries will be jealous.

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Original photo: Instagram-@jetman

 

3. To watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks in peace

Downtown’s a nightmare on New Year’s. If you’re looking to catch the celebrations in peace, why not take to the skies? A little lonely, perhaps, but you’ll be rewarded with ultimate bragging rights.

flying taxi

Original photo: Instagram-@fly.wills

 

4. As a temporary AC during the summer 

The flying taxis come with 30 minutes worth of flight time. That’s just enough to kick back and cool off.

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5. To beat the Sheikh Zayed traffic

Wait, that’s actually not a bad idea…

flying taxi

Original image: Instagram-@dubaipage