UAE: The Virtual Air Taxi Experience Showcased at the COP28 Exhibition
As part of the Climate Conference of the Parties (COP28) activities, the Roads and Transport Authority in Dubai has introduced a cutting-edge virtual reality experience, allowing visitors to test and familiarize themselves with the concept of an "air taxi."
Virtual Test Drive at the Pavilion
At the Authority's pavilion, visitors embark on a unique journey by taking a seat equipped with an interactive screen. Wearing virtual reality glasses and holding a steering wheel, they engage in a live virtual reality experience of piloting a "flying taxi" through the urban landscape of Dubai. The goal is to provide essential information about the upcoming "air taxi" service scheduled to launch in Dubai in the first quarter of 2026.
Insights into the "Flying Taxi"
Pavilion representatives shared that the "air taxi" can accommodate five passengers along with the pilot. The virtual experience includes a simulation system, allowing participants to observe and understand the aircraft's controls through its levers. The hands-on virtual driving experience garnered significant interest from COP28 visitors eager to participate in this futuristic endeavor.
Dubai's Vision for Integrated "Electric Air Taxi" Services
The Roads and Transport Authority affirmed Dubai's aspiration to become the world's first city to offer comprehensive "electric air taxi" services. Operations are anticipated to commence by 2026 through four primary vertical ports strategically located at Dubai International Airport, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Marina, and Dubai Downtown.
Transforming urban mobility
The "air taxi" vehicles, designed for vertical takeoff and landing, prioritize sustainability and environmental friendliness. Powered by electric energy, they produce zero environmental emissions while ensuring safety, comfort, and speed. Crafted with the latest global technologies, these vehicles boast a range of up to 241.4 kilometers and a maximum speed of 300 kilometers per hour.
Efficiency and environmental impact
The introduction of "air taxi" services aims to significantly reduce travel time between Dubai International Airport and Palm Jumeirah from 46 minutes to just six minutes. This not only addresses road congestion but also aligns with Dubai's commitment to zero carbon emissions and environmental sustainability.
Advancing Sustainable Transportation
Dubai's embrace of "air taxi" technology aligns with its commitment to adopt cutting-edge innovations in sustainable transportation. These forward-thinking projects prioritize environmental considerations while maintaining the city's position as a global leader in progressive urban development. Dubai's visionary approach places people's well-being, comfort, and environmental preservation at the forefront of its strategic priorities.