As revenues from oil are declining, Dubai wants to be less dependent on it. That is why Dubai is very ambitious to become leader of new transport technologies. The goal is both to improve connectivity and boost the emirate’s growing reputation as a global trade and tourism hub. A great example is the fact that Dubai hopes to have driverless taxi drones flying through its skies as soon as this summer.
Its transport authorities plan to have the Chinese-made Ehang 184 ferry individual passengers around the city by July. The drone can carry one person and a suitcase. The drone will have a range of 50 kilometres and a top speed of 100 miles per hour. Overweight people will have trouble using the drone, because it can carry a maximum of 100 kilograms.
The drone will be controlled by the person it carries through a touchscreen interface in the cockpit. The drone will also be controlled remotely from the ground. The drone has been extensively examined by the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority.
See below a video of the drones which are planned to transport the people from Kuwait.
Source: Wall Street Journal
Driverless Transportation in Dubai
Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid AL Maktoum, announced that by 2030 he wants 25 percent of all transportation to be done by driverless vehicles. That is why also Tesla launched its electric cars in Dubai, earlier this year. Officials say that driverless transportation can save the city up to six billion dollars a year.
Next to driverless vehicles, last year Dubai announced a co-operation with another project of Tesla’s founder, Elon Musk, namely Hyperloop One Inc. Hyperloop is a proposed mode of passenger and freight transportation that would propel a pod-like vehicle through a reduced-pressure tube that would exceed airliner speed, which also wants to connect 30 US cities in the near future.
The plan is to connect Dubai with Abu Dhabi with Hyperloop, which would reduce traveling time by four times. Eventually, Hyperloop should connect Dubai with all cities in the Gulf region. With the Hyperloop network, all these cities can be reached in less than an hour. The Dubai government invested 50 million dollars in Hyperloop One.
But the ambitions of Dubai reach much further than just Transport.The government has rolled out 50 smart services from 220 government entities, part of the governments ‘Smart Dubai Initiative‘.
And just recently, from March 7 until March 9, the Executive council of Dubai hosted the Global Cities Summit. The summit was organized by the World Council on City Data (WCCD), the global leader in standardized urban metrics and specialized in certification of cities around the world.