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Dubai tests autonomous hover-taxi

AOL Cars UK logo AOL Cars UK 16/02/2017 Laura Thomson
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Dubai is trying to ease the stress of commuting on its congested roads with the introduction of a self-driving hover-taxi.

While only a concept at the moment, the taxi has been tested within the city, and it could become a reality as early as July.

Passengers using the taxi will have to pick a destination pre-take off and the taxi will fly them there at a height of up to 1,000ft, and speeds of up to 60mph. The taxis will be able to fly for 30 minutes at a time, but journeys will be a lot quicker than in a conventional taxi because of the lack of hover-traffic.

Although the hover-taxis will be fully autonomous, they will be monitored from a ground control centre.

Dubai's leaders want a quarter of the city's transport to be autonomous by 2030.

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