Dubai tests for the first time an unmanned aerial taxi

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A flying taxi in Dubai?

Dubai announced on Monday a first successful test for an unmanned aerial taxi that took to the skies to become a pioneer of a futuristic means of transport.

No passengers took part in this test flight, said the Dubai Transport Authority (RTA).

The prototype used, as developed by a German drone firm Volocopter, can fly for 30 minutes with a maximum speed of 100 km/hour.

Dubai plans to eventually integrate a taxi-flying service into its transport network, which already has a subway, bus and tram.

“After the remarkable success of the first driverless metro in the region, we are glad to witness today the test flight of the Autonomous Air Taxi,” said Sheikh Hamdan.

The authorities said they are planning five years of testing to put in place all the safety standards and legislation required for this new means of transport.

Dubai, home of the tallest tower in the world, is one of the major tourist destinations in the Gulf with 14.9 million visitors last year.