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