Passenger Drones Will Be Flying This Summer
Passenger drones could open up a whole new world of possibilities for generations to come.Drones themselves have been a fascinating subject over the last few years, gaining interest with the military, corporations, and even the general public.
A human-sized, single-rider quadcopter has been in the works for quite some time and could be carrying live passengers as early as this summer in Dubai. The head of Dubai's Roads and Transportation Agency announced that passenger drones may take flight as early as July 2017.
It has been reported by the Associated Press that the EHang 184 has already been flying around Dubai's Burj Al-Arab skyscraper housing a helipad 689 feet off the ground.
Mattar al-Tayer, Roads and Transportation chief, stated:
"This is not only a model, we have actually experimented with this vehicle flying in Dubai's skies."
It has not been confirmed whether the current drone has carried any live passengers or not. However, there have been some improvements made to the model including a half-hour flight time with an approximate 31 mile range. The passenger capacity of the drone is limited to one 260-pound person and single small suitcase. The vehicle is autonomous, so the passenger only needs to punch in their destination and buckle up before take-off.
While Dubai will get to claim bragging rights to the first passenger drone flying in the skies, officials in Nevada have also been seeking the FAA's approval on the EHang 184, so we may be seeing passenger drones in the skies of the States before we know it.
Drones themselves have opened up a whole new world of possibilities from military assistance to home deliveries, however there has also been a lot of controversy with the technology involving privacy issues.
What do you think of passenger drones? Do you think they're a waste of time and resources or do you believe that this could be a great next step for travel and other possibilities? Let me know in the comments.