The EHang 184 drone is a single passenger craft that weighs about 220 pounds.
Drones must meet the harsh standards set in Dubai and according to RTA officials, they are ready. Al-Tayer says that the drone will be in regular operation come July. Once selected, it'll automatically take off, fly to the destination, and land, entirely without the involvement of the people inside.
But it looks like both efforts might be beaten to the punch by the UAE, with Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority announcing the plans at the World Government Summit today. While Tesla's full self-driving capabilities has yet to be unleashed, the Dubai Taxi Corporation is primed to become a transportation service provider using a fully autonomous fleet. "We have already experimented (with) the vehicle in a flight in (the) Dubai sky".
The EHang 184 can travel on a programmed course at 100 kilometres an hour (60 mph) at an altitude of 300 metres (1,000 feet), the authority said in a statement.More news: Swiss bank Credit Suisse to cut 5500 jobs this year
There are reportedly no controls within the drone and it is instead directed by a remote command centre. It has a top speed of just over 35mph and a maximum cruising time of about 25 minutes, giving it a range of somewhere in the neighborhood of 15 miles.
The drone itself, introduced at CES 2016 and tested in Nevada, uses a four-rotor design and is capable of carrying up to 100kg or an individual passenger and limited cargo.
This language makes it clear that when the new Tesla limousine fleet finally does go fully autonomous, those using the service will have to do so utilizing the Tesla Network, laying the groundwork for invariable awkward relations with the Dubai Taxi Corporation.