Dubai showcases what it says will soon be the world's first drone taxi service. Laura Frykberg reports.
Forget Uber, Lyft or Black Cabs, in Dubai, flying taxis could be the next form of travel to take off. This is the German-designed Volocopter, a two-seater autonomous drone, powered by nine batteries, and designed to take passengers for trips up to 30 minutes (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) CEO OF VOLOCOPTER, FLORIAN REUTER, SAYING: "The ultimate implementation would see you using smartphone, having an app, ordering a Volocopter to the next Voloport near you. The Volocopter will come, autonomously, pick you up and take you to your destination." The test in front of Dubai's Crown Prince, is the latest sign the UAE is pushing to lead technology innovation. It sees transport like the Volocopter as the future. But there are still several years worth development, before this form of transport can be safely used. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DUBAI'S ROADS AND TRANSPORT AUTHORITY (RTA) DIRECTOR GENERAL, MATTAR AL TAYER, SAYING: "There is a lot to be done in 5 years in terms of infrastructure, technology and others because if we don't make this ready, we cannot you know, risk the people's lives like this. We have to make sure 100 percent that everything is safe and everything has to be done according to specifications. " The safety of passengers in a pilot-less drone, has also been taken into consideration. The Volocopter's fail-safes include back-up batteries, rotors and, in the worst case scenario: parachutes.