Dubai Has Developed A Sky Taxi Drone Which Hits The Skies This July

Submitted by: dragon91 3 weeks ago Tech


The BBC is reporting that Dubai's Roads and Transportation Agency has announced that the city will be putting a drone taxi in action this July. Th Chinese-made eHang 184 is a single-passenger pod with a 30-minute flight time. The drone has a simple touch pad in its cockpit to select destinations -- there are no other controls in the craft.

So a drone taxi that hits 100 MPHs with a 31-mile radius? What's the catch? The fare, right? It's gotta be the fare. At least sounds more realistic than Elon Musk's obsession with underground tunnels.

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Male 4,402
I could see a terrorist packing one of these full of explosives and a timer then sending it to a heavily populated place as a guided bomb
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Male 19,981
thezigrat You just gave them the idea!!!!
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Male 4,402
Still it's ultra cool
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Male 4,402
The catch is women riders have to ride outside hanging  on to hand rails in the back
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Male 264
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Male 19,981
mentott510 Oooh! That one looks cooler.
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Male 1,687
Just imagine the first person who orders one to take them through the McDonald's drive thru...will it even life off of the ground?

How about the first person to walk into the propellers...

Or how about a flock of birds...

Wind?  I'd hate to be in one of those right now...my area has 60 MPH winds
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Male 4,402
kalron27 " Just imagine the first person who orders one to take them through the McDonald's drive thru...will it even life off of the ground? " 
Depends on how much they eat
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Male 4,402
kalron27 Hey I had a cab take me through a gero (Giro?)  drive through once
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Male 163
kalron27 I hear all of those things, but i still think it looks fun as hell. 
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Male 1,687
theman01 oh...I agree.  I'd still be shitting my pants though...
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Male 163
kalron27 agreed
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Male 4,373
You can glide a disabled helicopter to a safe landing so I imagine you could glide one of these if it breaks down. It would take a lot of lessons practicing that maneuver before I felt comfortable in one.
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Male 216
markust123 I suspect these drones wouldn't be able to glide in the same way a helicopter does.
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Male 163
markust123 http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2012/05/helicopters-wont-just-fall-like-a-rock-if-the-engine-dies-they-usually-can-be-landed-safely-this-way/
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Male 1,805
what are the emergency protocols?  Parachute?  Ejection seat?
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Male 4,402
monkwarrior A Quran, a prayer sheet and a blank will
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Male 19,981
thezigrat I almost spit my coffee out on that one.
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Male 1,762
monkwarrior Cyanide capsule.
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Male 1,687
squrlz4ever That might take too long...
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Female 119
Innovative?  Yes.  Pushing it a little too far, too fast?  Yes.
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Male 525
At first I thought the 31 mile radius was to small, but then I remembered this is as a bird fly's. Doing a radius search showed me that 31 miles would cover almost everywhere I have been in the last few years. So if these become a viable option then self driving cars might become obsolete sooner then expected. 
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Male 53
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Male 525
jeanrenaud I'm aware that birds fly long distances. What I meant was that 31 miles by car (on the winding roads) is a lot smaller then 31 miles in a straight line(as a bird fly's).
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Male 3,153
They’ll make nice targets. 

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Female 3,275
amazing what you can accomplish when you have slave labor to take up all the slack
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Male 19,981
I don't hate this idea, but I'll wait a few years before all the bugs are worked out -- there's bound to be a few deaths early on.
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Male 1,687
fancylad I agree...and a longer battery life please!
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Male 4,402
kalron27 I would like to see a longer passenger life as well
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