Dubai is planning to offer self-flying taxis by July, the city’s Road and Transportation Agency announced this week at the World Government Summit conference. The Chinese-made EHang 184 vehicles have already been tested in the skies above Dubai, the city’s transport chief Mattar al-Tayer said.
Ehang 184 – four-legged, eight-propeller drones can carry a single passenger that weighs up to 100 kg (220 lb) and operate within an area of up to 50 km (31 miles) on a single battery charge, according to a video the RTA released on Monday. It can reach speeds of 160 km an hour.
Ehang 184 Rotors and Configuration
The EHang 184 is very similar to a multicopter UAV (Unmanned aerial vehicle) with an X8 (8 Rotor) configuration. Obviously, a manned multicopter that would be trusted to carry a passenger can not be a quadcopter because if only one motor would malfunction, the vehicle would fall to the ground like a brick. Guaranteed.
EHang 184’s Power Supply
The 184 will have a 23 minute flight time roughly allowing a 10 mile flight. Whether that, combined with a 2-4 hour charging time is sufficient for day-to-day use depends on the owner’s personal situation. The type of battery the 184 will use is Lithium Polymer.
EHang 184 Pricing
Accorcing to reports, the 184 will cost between $200.000 – $300.000.
Launching Video News
Dubai, which already has a driverless metro system, is trying to meet a lofty goal of alleviating congestion in the city. In April 2016, Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, said a quarter of the vehicles in Dubai would be driverless by 2030.
Data Coutesy www.qz.com