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Volocopter: The Drone Air Taxi



April 24, 2024

  • Volocopter is Dubai’s electrically self-piloting air taxi service, which is a noise-free micro helicopter that underwent its first public test in September 2017.
  • Volocopters are two-passenger, seat-capacity microhelicopters.
  • The 6.5-foot-high copter is topped by a 22-foot-wide hoop studded with 18 rotors.
  • This 2-seater, 18-rotor unmanned vehicle took off for 5 minutes above a strip of sand on the Gulf Coast.
  • This flight was watched by Crown Prince Sheikh Hamad Bin Mohammed.
  • Dubai is planning to become a smart city.
  • This air taxi, or drone, was designed by the German firm Volocopter and was previously tested in Germany in April 2017.
  • Chinese rival firm EHANG was supposed to be the first to launch a fleet of flying taxis.
  • This drone taxi can fly over 15 ft of water and the flyer is not self-driving but is classified as an ultralight aircraft by the Federal Aviation Administration, that’s why a full pilot license is not required – as lon as you fly it in  uncongested areas. 
  • We hope that it will be available in 2018 in Dubai sky.
  • Prince of Dubai said that “Encouraging innovation and adopting the latest technologies contribute not only to the country’s development but also build bridges into the future,”
  • A3 think tank from EADS company’s Airbus is working on the self-piloting single-seater Vahana, which flight range will be approximately 50 miles.
  • Airbus is marketing this not as a potential ait taxi but also as a delivery drone or emergency vehicle.
  • The company plans to start test flights of a full scale prototype in  Oregon this year.
  • Uber is also planning to test flying car testing in 2020 with other companies . 
  • Google co founder Larry Page and ceo of its parent company Alphabet Inc, has invested more than $ 100 million in Kitty Hawk Corporation, whose electric flyer looks like spiderman’s airborne motorcycle.