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Forget Uber or Lyft, Call a Drone When in Dubai

Autonomous drones taking flight this summer.

by on Feb.15, 2017

Dubai has cleared the way for the first autonomous drones to be used by people. The service is scheduled to begin in July.

Amazon has been talking about using delivery drones for sometime now; however, if you’re in Dubai later this year, the delivery drones could be dropping off more than packages — they could be delivering people.

In fact, the drones will be autonomous, marrying two of the latest trends in transportation. Dubai’s Roads & Transportation Agency has cleared the way for Chinese-made EHang 184s to dot the city’s skyline.

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The move isn’t all that surprising. Dubai’s leader, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, said last year that he wants to the city to be on the cutting edge of transportation technologies. The city has already cleared the way for autonomous vehicles and Elon Musk’s Hyperloop is going to get its first real-world trial linking Dubai with Abu Dhabi. (more…)

Dubai Pushing For Autonomous Transportation by 2030

City looks to save billions of dollars through self-driving transportation.

by on Apr.29, 2016

Just your typical parking lot in Dubai ... now. However, by 2030, a quarter of all transportation is expected to be autonomous.

Initiatives or promotions involving self-driving vehicles continue to proliferate around the globe. Volvo, for example, is embarking on a test of self-driving vehicles in London, while the Beijing Auto Show, which was virtually surrounded by the city’s infamous traffic congestion, also sparked talk of the China’s desire for autonomous vehicles to help mitigate the problem.

Also this week, the Middle Eastern principality of Dubai unveiled broad plans for using self-driving cars in its futuristic urban landscape.

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Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, announced the launch of a strategy to bring “smart, self-driving transport” into the city. (more…)