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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Dubai staged a test flight on Monday 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 flying taxi developed by German drone firm Volocopter resembles a small, two-seater helicopter cabin topped by a wide hoop studded with 18 propellers. It was unmanned for its maiden test run in a ceremony arranged for Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed. 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.

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in case of trouble: back-up batteries, rotors and, for a worst case scenario, a couple of parachutes.
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#1 | Posted by ABlock at 2017-09-26 02:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I'd hold out for FAA approval on the flight control system before I hopped on one of those.

#2 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-09-26 03:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

man this is Dubai...i didn't read anything that said this thing is equipped with air conditioning...just sayin'

#3 | Posted by ABlock at 2017-09-26 03:10 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Looks kinda cool.
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#4 | Posted by HanoverFist at 2017-09-26 03:33 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

An Arab flying carpet. What could go wrong?

#5 | Posted by moder8 at 2017-09-26 04:13 PM | Reply

An Arab flying carpet.
#5 | POSTED BY MODER8

yeah, but i'm not sure that i really believe that you start it by saying "open sesame"

#6 | Posted by ABlock at 2017-09-26 04:48 PM | Reply

#4 hehe, good find.

#7 | Posted by bruceaz at 2017-09-26 04:54 PM | Reply

It's not a drone. A drone means it's unmanned, not that it's multi-blade helicopter. This is a helicopter taxi service.

#8 | Posted by LEgregius at 2017-09-26 06:40 PM | Reply

It's supposed to be autonomous... eventually. But with a human payload.

#9 | Posted by Snowfake at 2017-09-26 08:36 PM | Reply

for a worst case scenario, a couple of parachutes.

Nope - they plan to use the same BRS system as these guys...

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The only real problem are birds - it's pretty quiet during takeoff and landings so I can see flocks flying into it -

Well it's Dubai - maybe they'll pay the birds to ride in air conditioned Mercedes instead of flying around needlessly...

#10 | Posted by Pegasus at 2017-09-26 10:12 PM | Reply

. But with a human payload.
#9 | POSTED BY SNOWFAKE

i don't know man...maybe it's an insight into my "white privilege" but paying customer or passenger..yeah, ok
but i ain't gonna' be no damn payload

#11 | Posted by ABlock at 2017-09-27 01:26 AM | Reply

Understand the real point of flying taxis. The very rich will fly over the rest of us to their destinations and roads will be defunded and allowed to deteriorate since the wealthy no longer need them. If all of the people were to be able to take flying taxis the skies would be so crowded that collisions would be unavoidable. Flying taxis isn't the future for most of us, decaying infrastructure is because as the Republicans are proposing right now, billionaires need tax cuts.

#12 | Posted by danni at 2017-09-27 09:06 AM | Reply

The very rich can already fly over you in a regular helicopter. These make it more affordable for everything, by a significant margin.

#13 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-09-27 09:24 AM | Reply

and if we transition to much more flying vehicles, you need less of an investment on infrastructure because the roads need less carrying capacity as the throughput has moved into the 3rd dimension, which can easily be routed safely with a simple algorithm and ADS-B locations. You don't need concrete in the sky, you just need a simple means to not collide with other aircraft, which has been done with an extremely high safety level for decades.

#14 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-09-27 09:28 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The very rich can already fly over you
#13 | POSTED BY SITZKRIEG

which offers them an opportunity to demonstrate the holy grail of conservatives...when you feel a warm trickle
down your neck just remember it won't be, birdy birdy in the sky...it'll be some rich guy flyin' high

#15 | Posted by ABlock at 2017-09-27 09:41 AM | Reply

Never pee out of a helicopter. The rotor wash isn't your friend.

#16 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-09-27 09:45 AM | Reply

#12: That's right, just like the rich are the only ones with big flat screen tv's, cell phones and microwaves. The masses will never get to experience those things, never.

#17 | Posted by Daniel at 2017-09-27 09:49 AM | Reply

That's right, just like the rich are the only ones with big flat screen tv's, cell phones and microwaves. The masses will never get to experience those things, never.
#17 | POSTED BY DANIEL

sounds to me like the bourgeoisie complaining about endlessly grousing plebeian lay-a-bouts who just don't realize how fortunate they are. pass the cake please

#18 | Posted by ABlock at 2017-09-27 10:07 AM | Reply

"and if we transition to much more flying vehicles, you need less of an investment on infrastructure because the roads need less carrying capacity as the throughput has moved into the 3rd dimension, which can easily be routed safely with a simple algorithm and ADS-B locations. You don't need concrete in the sky, you just need a simple means to not collide with other aircraft, which has been done with an extremely high safety level for decades."

So we're going to fly in groceries to Publix? Yeah right. Gonna fly fuel to gas stations? We will need good roads for the foreseeable future.

#19 | Posted by danni at 2017-09-27 10:29 AM | Reply

I don't know if you're just stupid, or intentionally missed the point. Removing commuters off the roads means more throughput for goods that do need to travel on roads. The roads don't have to be continually scaled up to such a large degree to handle the continual increases in both. Less paved over road means less deforestation and displacement of wildlife. Why do you hate the environment and want to pave it over?

#20 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-09-27 10:37 AM | Reply

I don't know if you're just stupid, or intentionally missed the point. Removing commuters off the roads means more throughput for goods that do need to travel on roads. The roads don't have to be continually scaled up to such a large degree to handle the continual increases in both. Less paved over road means less deforestation and displacement of wildlife. Why do you hate the environment and want to pave it over?
#20 | POSTED BY SITZKRIEG

how about mass transit...car pooling...electric vehicles/better fuel efficiency or do you see yourself trading your 25 year old buick station wagon in on your own private whirly-bird

#21 | Posted by ABlock at 2017-09-27 11:06 AM | Reply

An air taxi uber service is mass transit. These particular models are electric. They fit more than 1 person so you can helipool.

#22 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-09-27 11:34 AM | Reply

These wont be zipping around anywhere. They will be more an air subway than an air taxi. There will be specific loading and unloading locations in a grid. the taxis will only fly between dropoff points following the predetermined grid lines. There will be no random flight plans or pick you up at your doorstep service.

#23 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-09-27 11:36 AM | Reply

Now a terrorist can call for the helo cab, load his bomb and have it delivered.

#24 | Posted by patron at 2017-09-27 12:58 PM | Reply

or you could just rent a truck, and use a bomb big enough to actually damage something.

#25 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-09-27 01:40 PM | Reply

Sorry every time I think about rental trucks I think of the 11'8" channel on youtube.

Endless footage of people trying to drive 13' tall trucks under an 11'8" railroad bridge. That bridge has eaten hundreds of trucks and many of them caught on camera.

#26 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-09-27 05:33 PM | Reply

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