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Posted 2/13/17
That drone is too weak to be even slightly useful as transportation. Another Dubai boondoggle.
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Posted 2/13/17
A single passenger aircraft with no manual controls and a half hour of battery life.

I can see no way this could possibly go wrong.
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Posted 2/13/17

runec wrote:

A single passenger aircraft with no manual controls and a half hour of battery life.

I can see no way this could possibly go wrong.


no manual controls is ok for autommated cars but this........
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Posted 2/13/17
Yet it's illegal for women to drive.
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Posted 2/14/17
They'll rise against us! They need to be stopped!
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Posted 2/15/17
Don't care what Dubai does, nations that still have slavery are just the worst.
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Posted 2/15/17

runec wrote:

A single passenger aircraft with no manual controls and a half hour of battery life.

I can see no way this could possibly go wrong.


Don't be so....Dubai-ous.
Posted 2/15/17

bronzefoot wrote:

Yet it's illegal for women to drive.


That's in Saudi Arabia, not UAE (where Dubai is). I know they're neighbors but this is one of the several differences between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

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This is kind of cool, on a technological level. I've seen some of these in the United States, non-commercial. The ones in Dubai will probably have far more sophisticated navigational systems on board. Granted, I'm still skeptical about long-term usage of this kind of technology (seeing as it's still young). I don't necessarily see the difference between a drone or car not having manual controls. This is probably just to make it more accessible to all customers (as I doubt many of those who are utilizing this service will know how to fly in general).
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Posted 2/15/17

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bronzefoot wrote:

Yet it's illegal for women to drive.


That's in Saudi Arabia, not UAE (where Dubai is). I know they're neighbors but this is one of the several differences between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

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This is kind of cool, on a technological level. I've seen some of these in the United States, non-commercial. The ones in Dubai will probably have far more sophisticated navigational systems on board. Granted, I'm still skeptical about long-term usage of this kind of technology (seeing as it's still young). I don't necessarily see the difference between a drone or car not having manual controls. This is probably just to make it more accessible to all customers (as I doubt many of those who are utilizing this service will know how to fly in general).


I imagine they would have to leave an auto hover setting compared to a full movement in the air for it to work.
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Posted 2/15/17

ninjitsuko wrote:


bronzefoot wrote:

Yet it's illegal for women to drive.


That's in Saudi Arabia, not UAE (where Dubai is). I know they're neighbors but this is one of the several differences between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

On Topic:

This is kind of cool, on a technological level. I've seen some of these in the United States, non-commercial. The ones in Dubai will probably have far more sophisticated navigational systems on board. Granted, I'm still skeptical about long-term usage of this kind of technology (seeing as it's still young). I don't necessarily see the difference between a drone or car not having manual controls. This is probably just to make it more accessible to all customers (as I doubt many of those who are utilizing this service will know how to fly in general).


Apologies to our UAE readers. I know how my ignorance of the facts leads to generalisations of cultures. Also I recently saw a Saudi prince calling for a lifting of the ban on female drivers.
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Posted 2/15/17
It's a cool concept, but definitely gonna need more battery life and passenger room. Other than an emergency 'land me safely asap' button a manual override probably isn't as safe as managing flights through a control room. Too much room for user error or malicious intent with an anonymous aircraft.
Posted 2/15/17

bronzefoot wrote:
Apologies to our UAE readers. I know how my ignorance of the facts leads to generalizations of cultures. Also, I recently saw a Saudi prince calling for a lifting of the ban on female drivers.


These things kind of happen. UAE is often considered identical in all aspects to Saudi Arabia because of its location and lack of awareness of it being more progressive (relatively speaking, at least). There are several high ranking officials trying to make Saudi Arabia slightly more progressive in terms of rights for women but the religion-honored government is going to make that difficult.

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I do agree that to be more practical, these things would require more battery life and some space for passengers. In retrospect, I'm sure these will only be used by those who have a significant amount of money and are always going to be in a bit of a hurry. There's likely a chance that it wouldn't allow the passenger to change the drop-off point if it's too far outside of the range of its battery capacity. Many drones "give up" long before their battery is done - they tend to want to go back home (charge point or the operator's location) to avoid getting lost or crashing.
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Posted 2/15/17
I suspect if it weren't for the FAA and their pernicious "safety" stuff, we'd already have flying taxi cabs the size of Checker Marathons, though really I think the progress should be ambulances/fire department -> police -> taxi cabs.
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Posted 2/16/17
Just looking at the pic, I can already envision the noise pollution a fleet of those is gonna make.
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