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World’s first flying taxi takes test flight in Dubai; see pictures

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Tue September 26 2017, 6:29 pm
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    Dubai staged a test flight for what it said would soon be the world's first drone taxi service under an ambitious plan by the United Arab Emirates city to lead the Arab world in innovation. The device hovered upward about 200 meters and whirred for about five minutes over a windswept patch of sand astride the emirate's Gulf coast.

    Let's take a look at the stunning images of driverless hover taxi:

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    The flying taxi developed by German drone firm Volocopter resembles a small, two-seater helicopter cabin topped by a wide hoop studded with 18 propellers. (Image: Reuters)

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    It was unmanned for its maiden test run in a ceremony arranged for Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed. (Image: Reuters)

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    Meant to fly without remote control guidance and with a maximum flight duration of 30 minutes, it comes with plenty of fail-safes in case of trouble: back-up batteries, rotors and, for a worst case scenario, a couple of parachutes. (Image: Reuters)

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    Volocopter is in a race with more than a dozen well-funded European and US firms, each with its own science fiction-inspired vision for creating a new form of urban transport that is a cross between a driverless electric car and a short-haul, vertical takeoff-and-landing aircraft. (Image: Reuters)

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    These include aerospace giant Airbus, which aims to put a self-piloting taxi in the air by 2020; Kitty Hawk, a company backed by Google co-founder Larry Page; and Uber, which is working with partners on its own flying taxi strategy. (Image: Reuters)

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    Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is seen inside the flying taxi in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Image: Reuters)

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    deendayal lulla
    Sep 27, 2017 at 3:46 pm
    When can we expect flying taxis in India? Will it be Kaali-Peeli taxis,or applications based ones?
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    1. Anjani Kumar
      Sep 27, 2017 at 7:07 am
      Amazing zing Zing Zing .. 😯😯😯
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