If you did not yet make plans for July, let me suggest your next destination: Dubai. Pack up your essentials, download and start up your traveler friendly apps, and surrender completely to adventure. If not now, trust me my dear tech-addict, you have to get there at least once from here to 2k30!

Tech Geek Leaders = Futuristic Smart Cities

Within the objectives of the largest city in the United Arab Emirates, it stands as becoming an ‘Intelligent City’ before the next 15 years, based on a high degree of automation of transport And the appetizer looks just so tasty: self-driving taxi drones!

[More: Flying Cars: Just a Fascination for Enthusiasts or Reality in 2026?]

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Although this time, it is not about the world’s first rotary skyscraper or the first office printed in 3D, Dubai seems like a city full of attractions to offer for those who dream of advanced-tech towns and who can not wait to discover the next step that technology can do.

The Ehang 184 "autonomous aerial vehicle" can transport one passenger and their bag for up to 23 minutes

While we cannot move to Mars and eat french fries, or conquer another Earth-like planet around the mysterious Milky Way, touring the planet we have may be a good idea.

Highlighting those cities like Dubai in which their tech-lover politicians are focused on boosting the culture in a futuristic, breakthrough style.

2k17: A Year to Fly and Conquer Skies!

So the year is barely starting, but we already know we are preparing to fly as a new norm, rather than the “old-fashioned” way of walking or driving. Chances are, you are probably a pro with lots of practice mileage in flying your camera drone. That’s why brands like Airbus think it is the perfect moment to take it to the next level by feeding our crazy fantasies of flying cars.

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As if this were not enough, in a century where there’s a race to see who will officially introduce the first self-driving vehicle, a young Chinese company who did its debut Ehang concept at CES 2016, left us speechless by becoming the first brand who will launch a flying, autonomous drone in a real life scenario —Dubai, here we go!

Ehang 184: the Self-flying Taxi Drone of Tomorrow’s Dubai

The city will use the Ehang 184 for the airborne service. It is a drone that can fly without human direction while carrying a single passenger on a journey of up to 23 minutes.

According to Mattar al-Tayer, head of Dubai’s transportation agency, it is not only a model, and they have actually already experimented with this vehicle flying in Dubai’s skies.

Dubai isn’t the only city that can’t resist the temptation to take the wheels off transportation; Las Vegas announced last summer that it would start a trial of drones for public use.

The Features

  1. It travels in a sustainable, eco-friendly way since it moves only with electric power.
  2. Can fly at an average speed of 60 km/h to and a maximum height of 3,500 m.
  3. The passenger only has to mark the destination on a screen and let the taxi drone do its thing as it communicates with a control center.
  4. To call for a flying taxi, all passengers will need to do is enter their destination into an app. Then it maps the route and starts your ride —Forever the app way, ha! 
  5. If an unforeseen event occurs, or in the case of an emergency, the flying taxi is scheduled to land at the nearest safe point.
  6. The communication between vehicle and control center, they say, is encrypted to avoid computer attacks —For our peace, otherwise futuristic terrorist cyber-attacks could mean dominating a city by its taxi drones, huh?
  7. Its propellers fold inwards as it lands so it can fit in a single car parking space.

Reader: what do you think would be more stressful, a trip to Mars or a ride over Dubai’s sky in an autonomous taxi drone?

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