Gone are the days when drones were widely used for counter-terrorism activities or at wars, nowadays, Drones have emerged out as the most innovative mode of transport for people in the middle East. Dubai is set to become the first region to in the world to approve passenger-carrying drone flying over the space. It will be for the first time that drones will be put to such use. Until now, Drones were mainly used for counter-terrorism and surveillance purposes.
In fact, it will work just like a normal airplane for shorter distances. The recent AP report claimed that the Dubai Roads and Transportation Agency is ready to experiment the single-person quadcopter which could be capable of carrying a passenger from one place to another. The Chinese drone-making company 184 Ehang has manufactured the device.
During the last World Government Summit, Dubai government official said this vehicle will be fully capable to fly safely in the open air. Interestingly, it will be for the first time that a drone will carry a passenger inside it. However, some more intricate issues like shared airspace, managing the device’s taking off and landing and whether it will fly automatically or will it have a pilot for passenger’s safety are need to be carefully examined before any final decision is taken.
Many residents of Dubai feel that it will definitely take some time before the dream of Drone-carrying passengers becomes real. The authorities are saying that by July every process would be completed to facilitate the first ever drone air transport.
This quadcopter looks little different than a normal air vehicle. It is egg-shaped having four legs and a mechanized look. The carrying capacity of the vehicle is up to 200 pounds plus a suitcase around 20 kg. Also, the vehicle will have a touch-screen pad that will operate automatically. The battery backup will be around 30-40 minutes and can cover up to 31 miles. The speed of the vehicle is expected to stay somewhere around 60 to 100 mph.
According to the Dubai’s Road and Transportation Agency, “the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority has examined the quadcopter for quality assurance purposes. It will operate through HSPA+ or 4G mobile network to give direction of its movement on sky and where it will move – the ATC will keep a constant tab on the every move of the drone to avert any sort of accident or mishap. This innovative step will give further impetus to Dubai’s dream of driverless vehicles across its streets. Dubai aims to have at least 25 per cent of its passengers commute via driverless vehicles by 2030.