Flying taxis in Dubai

In just 5 years flying taxis over Dubai may be a common sight thanks to the collaboration of a German manufacturer that created an autonomous multicopter and the Dubai authorities. Dubai would become the first city in the world to offer flying taxi service. The Volocopter is a fully electric that is powered by 9 lithium-ion battery packs and it can fly up to 27 km (17 mi) at an optimal speed in urban areas.

Volocopter 2x model

The Volocopter is the world’s first multicopter with a certificate for manned flight and it complies with the strict German and International safety standards. It's an ultralight aircraft that can carry 2 people at the same time. The Volocopter itself weights 290 kg and it can lift an additional 160 kg for take off. The urban-copter features 18 rotors and can fly at speeds of up-to 100 km/h (62 mph). The noise level while flying is only 65 dB(A) at 75 m, that is less noisy than cars at motorway speeds.

Volocopter cockpit while flying over a city in the night
Flying taxi from a luxury penthouse apartment
Volocopter interior
Volocopter with Burj Khalifa and Dubai skyline in the background