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A model of EHang 184 and the next generation of Dubai Drone Taxi is seen during the second day of the World Government Summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. Dubai hopes to have a passenger-carrying drone buzzing through the skyline of this futuristic city-state in July. Mattar al-Tayer, the head of Dubai's Roads & Transportation Agency, made the surprise announcement Monday at the World Government Summit. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

Dubai may soon have a passenger-carrying drone buzzing through the sky


Dubai hopes to have a passenger-carrying drone flying across the city's skyline as soon as July. 

Dubai's Roads & Transportation Agency announced Monday it wants these passenger-carrying drones to serve as an alternative way for people to move around the United Arab Emirates' biggest city. 

The drone being pursued for this project is the egg-shaped, Chinese-made EHang 184. 

"This is not only a model," said Mattar al-Tayer, the head of Dubai's Roads & Transportation agency. "We have actually experimented with this vehicle flying in Dubai's skies."

How would it work? Well, a passenger would buckle into the craft's sole passenger seat and select his or her intended destination on a touch-screen pad. From there the drone would "automatically" take off to the selected destination. 

EHang 184 can carry a passenger who weighs up to 220 pounds. It has a battery life that lasts approximately 30 minutes and can travel up to 31 miles away. Officials said the drones will be monitored remotely by a control room on the ground. 

The drone can reach a maximum speed of 100 mph but will likely be operated at somewhere around 60 mph. 

"Everything is calculated in the backend to pick the most optimal route for you, so there is no collision with the other drones flying," George Yan, the co-founder of Ehang, told the Daily Mail. "On the drone itself, we have built pretty sophisticated backup services so if another system fails then another will take over."

The drone will likely attract those in the tech world to the city. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 


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