Video: Now you can fly to work, Dubai just tested air taxis!

First Published 28, Sep 2017, 11:22 AM IST
Video Now you can fly to work Dubai just tested air taxis
  • Dubai staged a flight test for a drone taxi service on Monday.
  • It is part of UAE's plan to bring flying cars and other high-tech transportation options to the country.
  • The aircraft, made by German company Volocopter, flew for 5 minutes. 

Stuck in the traffic jams, many times you would have wished if only you could fly. Well, it could soon be a reality as now Dubai carried out its first public test of its drone taxi service. 

The test offered a glimpse into what it would be like to commute by a flying car.

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The self-piloting, electric Volocopter offers space for two passengers and has a smaller physical and environmental footprint than a traditional helicopter. The 6.5-foot-high copter is topped by a 22-foot-wide hoop studded with 18 rotors. 

In the video, the air-taxi is seen flying up to a height of 650 feet near Jumeirah Beach Park and then gently landing. A German company Volocopter is building the air taxis. Unmanned for its first run, the test and surrounding ceremony was arranged by 

According to local reports, Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed arranged for the first trial of the air taxi.

"After the remarkable success of the first driverless metro in the region, we are glad to witness today the test flight of the Autonomous Air Taxi," Sheikh Hamdan said in an official statement. "This is another testament to our commitment to driving positive change. We are constantly exploring opportunities to serve the community and advance the prosperity and happiness of society."