Dubai starts testing German drone taxi
Dubai, the largest city in the United Arab Emirates, has test flown the all-electric two-seater aircraft developed by German drone firm Volocopter in an ambitious bid to become the first city with flying taxis, reports Noah Browning for Reuters. Backed by carmaker Daimler, Volocopter competes with more than a dozen well-funded European and US firms, “each with its own science fiction-inspired vision for creating a new form of urban transport”. The competitors include aerospace giant Airbus; Kitty Hawk, a company backed by Google co-founder Larry Page; and Uber, according to Browning.
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