(Natural News) From self-driving cars to…self-flying taxis? The advancements in technology around the world continue as the world's first self-flying taxi was tested in Sept. in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, as reported by The Daily Mail.
The unmanned flying vehicle looks and flies similarly to a helicopter, except it is smaller with only two seats and has 18 rotors. It has a maximum airspeed of 100 kilometers per hour and can fly up to 30 minutes. It is also equipped with back-up batteries, rotors, communication network, and parachutes for emergency purposes and to make its passengers feel safe. The self-flying taxi was created by Volocopter, a German drone company.
"We only go public when we can show something that flies…we show facts, not visions," Alexander Zosel, co-founder and chief innovation officer of Volocopter, said in a previous interview.
The test flight, which was witnessed by Dubai's Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan, lasted for five minutes and the the vehicle was flown 200 meters above the ground. If the development of the self-flying taxi continues to be successful, it will be the first drone taxi service in the world.
"This is another testament to our commitment to driving positive change. We are constantly exploring opportunities to serve the community and advance the prosperity and happiness of society," said Hamdan in a statement, as reported by the Arab News. "Encouraging innovation and adopting the latest technologies contribute not only to the country's development, but also build bridges into the future."