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Autonomous Passenger Drone swoops onto the flying taxi scene

• http://newatlas.com, Nick Lavars

Just like the Ehang 184 and Volocopter, the Passenger Drone comes equipped with a touchscreen that allows users to punch in their destination and then have the autonomous software take care of the actual flying. These kinds of short-range pilotless aircraft could have huge ramifications for how people move around cities, and nowhere is keener than Dubai to see how they fare, this week kicking off trials of the Volocopter with tests of Ehang's personal taxi drone also in the pipeline. 

The makers of the Passenger Drone tell us they are currently testing the vehicle in Europe and have carried out manned flights with one person onboard. The aircraft is built from carbon fiber composites and features a total of 16 rotors, each powered by its own electric motor. There is also a joystick should it need to be flown manually, and two passenger seats, one behind the other.

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