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Dubai: Expect flying taxis in the sky within three years

by Dubaiforum

Residents and visitors in Dubai will see flying taxis in the sky in the near future.

Residents and tourists would be queuing up for flying taxis at one of the four vertiports in Dubai by 2026. Passenger will be able to fly aboard one of the electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicle and travel between Downtown Dubai, Dubai Marina, Dubai International Airport and Palm Jumeirah.

The vertiport, developed by the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), serves as a take-off and landing area for a single eVTOL mainly used for customer pick-up and drop-off. And the world’s first vertiport will come up near the Dubai International Airport. RTA unveils the models of the vertiport at the World Government Summit 2023.

The aerial taxis will be entirely powered by electricity, which means no pollutants will be emitted. They can fly as fast as 300 kmph with a range of 241 km, and can accommodate up to four passengers plus a pilot.

Although no contracts had been signed between Joby Aviation and Dubai, the US mobility company’s six-rotor electric flying vehicle is highlighted in the promotional video.

Toyota, Uber, Hyundai, Airbus and Boeing are all working on their flying car models with the goal to revolutionize urban mobility. In October, 2022, China’s XPeng tests its XPeng X2 at the Marina District in Dubai. The vehicle can carry two passengers and is powered by a set of eight propellers. It has a top speed of 130 kilometers per hour. Boeing-backed air taxi startup Wisk Aero also launches its sixth-generation aircraft, an all-electric four-seater that can fly without a human pilot.

The Airbus also presents its version of a flying car, called the CityAirbus NextGen, in September 2021. The CityAirbus NextGen has room for four passengers and its battery can last for 80 kilometers.

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