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Middle East’s First Passenger Drone Trials Commence in Abu Dhabi

by Dubaiforum

Abu Dhabi’s pioneering spirit in futuristic transportation was on full display during the Middle East’s first passenger-carrying drone trials. Taking place as part of the inaugural Abu Dhabi Mobility Week, these test flights showcased the potential of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicles in urban mobility solutions.

The trials featured two different passenger drones, each offering a unique glimpse into the possibilities of this innovative technology. The first drone, a five-seater vehicle, demonstrated its capability to travel over 25 kilometers with a payload of up to 350 kilograms. This larger drone is ideal for scenarios requiring more passenger capacity, such as short-distance commutes within a city or connecting suburbs.

The second drone showcased was a smaller, two-passenger vehicle with an impressive range of 35 kilometers, achievable in just a 20-minute flight time. This compact drone prioritizes agility and speed, making it ideal for point-to-point travel within urban centers.

Mohamed Hamad Al Dhaheri, a Board Member of Multi Level Group (MLG), had the honor of taking a historic first flight on a fully autonomous eVTOL during the trials. Al Dhaheri emphasized the significance of this occasion, noting the seamless integration of technology and aviation as a major leap for the nation and expressing pride in being part of this pioneering initiative.

These successful trials have positioned Abu Dhabi at the forefront of developing and implementing this revolutionary mode of transportation. The drones, also referred to as Autonomous Aerial Vehicles (AAVs), offer numerous advantages over traditional modes of transport. Their electric nature reduces noise pollution and environmental impact, aligning with Abu Dhabi’s commitment to sustainable development. Additionally, eVTOLs have the potential to alleviate traffic congestion in urban areas, providing a faster and more efficient way to travel.

In addition to showcasing passenger transportation, a record-breaking 40-minute flight by a five-seater drone in Al Ain City highlighted the potential of these vehicles for cargo delivery and other applications. Covering a distance of 123 kilometers, this feat demonstrates the growing capabilities of eVTOLs and opens up possibilities for their use in logistics and emergency services.

The success of the passenger drone trials in Abu Dhabi has generated excitement within the region. With further development and regulatory approval, eVTOLs have the potential to revolutionize the transportation landscape in the Middle East and beyond. This pioneering initiative solidifies Abu Dhabi’s position as a leader in shaping the future of smart and sustainable mobility.

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