RTA to work with Uber on ‘self-flying planes’ in Dubai

Dubai a destination of choice for innovators: Hamdan

The AAV during a test flight in Dubai: Image Courtesy Ehang

hamdan @dff

DUBAI 13 April, 2017: Dubai’s Roads & Transport Authority has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with global transport firm, Uber, which calls on both parties to work together on developing self-flying planes that could be used for air transportation services.

This was announced during the second edition of Dubai Future Accelerators programme, which was organised by Dubai Future Foundation.

“Dubai has become a destination of choice for innovators and innovation firms from across the world,” according to Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Board of Trustees at Dubai Future Foundation.

The Crown Prince of Dubai was speaking at closing ceremony of the second edition of Dubai Future Accelerators programme.

Sheikh Hamdan said that the UAE, through providing a dedicated platform for technology firms to test future technological breakthrough, in partnership with government entities, has become an example for joint projects between various sectors, with the aim of finding solution to future challenges.

He said that this will open up new opportunities for growth and development for future generations.

The second edition of the event saw the participation of 12 public and private firms, and the signature of 28 memorandum of understanding (MoU) between participant firms.

RTA singed an MoU with Uber to work on self-flying planes in Dubai.

Dubai’s RTA is already working with Ehang to a get an self-flying air taxi (autonomous aerial vehicle) in the air by July this year. The drone-based AAV was tested earlier this year in Dubai [see picture].

ALSO READ: Unmanned air car man-tested in Dubai… in air by July?

 – By Angel Chan