Autonomous Volocopter Tests In The Skies Above Dubai

A couple of weeks after the Daimler-backed Volocopter was introduced to the automotive press at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the multicopter has taken to the skies above Dubai without a human on board.

Earlier this summer, Volocopter signed a deal with Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority to commence testing of an autonomous flying taxi service in the city. Last week, the unique transportation tool completed its maiden autonomous flight.

Volocopter has been working on the vehicle for a number of years and in April 2016, it successfully completed its first maiden crewed flight as a prototype. Since then, the company has refined the 18-rotor design and dubbed it the 2X.

The full extent of Daimler’s investment in the flying taxi firm isn’t known but it has been confirmed Volocopter was one recipient of a $29.4 million investment Daimler made in a range of companies.

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  • Six_Tymes

    so a big drone, meh… a test flight with no occupants. again, meh.

  • SteersUright

    The overly dramatic music was so cheesy, in fact the entire video was. I dont see how this is showing off anything special? How is this any better than an electric helicopter might be? In fact, I’d say its the self-flying software thats the most impressive, but the same principles have already been applied to some amazing drones. Hopefully no fly-aways with these full size versions, thats a somewhat common glitch on the drones. They can lose either transmitter or GPS connections and do some crazy things. Probably have way more redundancy software algorithms in this I’d imagine. Though, given the VERY short flight time capability, not much room for error.

  • LeStori

    The world needs this device just like it needs more nuclear weapons. This is an Autonomous Flying Annoyance, coming to ruin your peace of mind.

  • Wrong part of the world for me

    An arab drone…….won’t be too long before someone packs it with explosives then.

    • Random stranger

      Funny

  • brn

    It needs doors.

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