>> Forget Uber, Lyft, or black cabs, in Dubai, flying taxies could be the next form of travel to take off. This is the German designed volocopter, a two-seater autonomous drone powered by nine batteries and designed to take passengers for trips up to 30 minutes.>> The ultimate implementation would actually see you using a smartphone, having a nap, ordering a volocopter to the next voloport near you.
The volocopter would come, autonomously pick you up and take you to your destination.>> The test in front of Dubai's crowned prince is the latest sign the UAE is pushing to lead technology innovation. It sees transport like the volocopter as the future, but there are still several years worth of development before this form of transport can be safely used.
>> There is a lot to be done in five years in terms of infrastructure, technology and others. Because if we don't make this ready, we cannot risk it, the people life like this. We have to make sure 100% that everything is safe.>> The safety of passengers in a pilotless drone has also been taken into consideration.
The volocopter's fail-safes include backup batteries, rotors, and in the worst case scenario, parachutes.