none

PASSENGER DRONES: HOW FEASIBLE ARE THEY?

16-02-2017
by 
in 

Dubai, a city that has been often described as a 'city of excess', has unveiled plans for automated passenger drones to carry people across the city. 

These plans, while ambitious, will lay the groundwork for this seemingly luxurious method of transportation to become mainstream. 

The drone in question is the Chinese model eHang 184, which has already taken test flights over the city. It can carry a single passenger of no more than 100kg, and has a half-hour maximum flight time with a range of 50km. 

The passenger uses a touch screen to select a destination. There are no other controls inside the craft, and the entire trip from takeoff to landing is automated. 

Dubai is well-suited to trials for this technology, boasting a huge excess of wealth, relatively low average windspeeds, and high motor car congestion. 

Mattar al-Tayer, the head of Dubai's Roads and Transportation Agency, announced plans to have the craft regularly flying at the World Government Summit. 

Dubai's ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, announced in April he wanted 25 percent of all passenger trips in the city to be done by driverless vehicles in 2030.

To that end, Dubai already has had the box-shaped driverless EZ10, built by France's EasyMile, cruise nearby the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building.

Dr Steve Wright, senior lecturer in avionics and aircraft systems at the University of the West of England, emphasised the importance of safety during an interview with the BBC.

"The way these systems work, making them work normally is easy. The tricky bit is making systems that are resilient to failure," he said.

"I would like to see the drone flying for at least 1000 hours before I saw a human in it."

Related news & editorials

  1. 27.10.2021
    27.10.2021
    by      In
    ‘Buy Australian Now’, the latest campaign from Australian Made is urging all Aussies to support local jobs and economic recovery by backing our local makers and growers as the country begins to open up and prepare for the festive season.
    According to Australian Made Chief Executive, Ben Lazzaro,... Read More
  2. 26.10.2021
    26.10.2021
    by      In
    Work, health and safety are fundamental to our lives and are, more than ever, a central focus for organisations.
    The Hunter region in NSW is well-known for leading the way in industry; this in turn has led to the region becoming champions of WHS.
    The Hunter Safety Awards were born out of desire to... Read More
  3. 19.10.2021
    19.10.2021
    by      In
    There is no doubt that the recent AUKUS agreement between Australia, USA and the UK was a surprise to just about everyone on the planet!
    Taking a closer look into the government’s decision to commit to the AUKUS alliance, much of what has been reported by mainstream media has been inaccurate or... Read More
  4. 18.10.2021
    18.10.2021
    by      In
    Australian Resources and Energy Group AMMA welcomes today’s intervention of the Australian Government seeking to put an end to three months of damaging strikes at Fremantle Port.
    It has been reported the Australian Government has stepped in, utilising its powers under the Fair Work Act to seek an... Read More
Products
Suppliers