The test run of an Autonomous Aerial Vehicle (AAV) which is capable of carrying a person up in the air had successfully carried out on Monday which is announced by Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) at World Government Summit. The ‘flying car’ will be in operations by this summer.

“The future is now in the making. Our talk about autonomous vehicles has become a reality. It is now high time to move to autonomous aerial vehicles,” declared Mattar Al Tayer, RTA director general and chairman of the board of executive directors, on the second day of the Summit.

“The trial run of the first AAV is in implementation of the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to transform Dubai into the smartest city in the world,” said Al Tayer.

He then added that the AAV, branded as EHANG184 which is manufactured by a Chinese company EHANG, is in line with Dubai’s Self-driving Transport Strategy “aimed at transforming 25 per cent of total individual trips in Dubai into self-driving trips using various modes of transport by 2030.”

EHANG184 is auto-piloted, directed and monitored via a command center. The one-seater AAV can carry a load of up to 100kgs. It has advanced navigation systems. It weighs about 250 kg (350-360 with a passenger) and is designed to fly for maximum 30 minutes at a maximum cruising speed of 160 kph and standard speed of 100 km/h. The destination of a passenger is operated by touchscreen navigations which will be adjudged before taking off.

Al Tayer said: “We anticipate that the percentage of trips that will be made by the driverless Dubai Metro to reach 12.2% by 2030 compared with 8.8% in 2016. We anticipate that the percentage of trips made by self-driving buses to reach 6.4% by 2030.”

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