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by Staff Writer Dubai hopes to have a passenger-carrying drone regularly buzzing through the skyline of this futuristic city-state in July, Associated Press reported on Tuesday. Mattar al-Tayer, the head of Dubai’s Roads & Transportation Agency, announced plans to have the craft regularly flying at the World Government Summit. “This is not only a model,” al-Tayer said. “We have actually experimented with this vehicle flying in Dubai’s skies.” The drone, which has a battery allowing for a half-hour flight time and a range of up to 50 kilometers (31 miles), will be monitored remotely by a control room on the ground. It has a top speed of 160 kph (100 mph), but authorities say it will be operated typically at 100 kph (62 mph). For more read: Up, up and away: Passenger-carrying drone to fly in Dubai  ]]>

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