Forget driverless Uber taxis, remotely-piloted passenger drones may soon be just a tap of a smartphone app away.
At least, that’s the hope for German drone manufacturer Volocopter, which took its first passenger for a ride in its flagship two-seater drone during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week.
The drone boasts “very stable and safe flight characteristics”, a company spokesman claimed and is designed for use as an autonomous air taxi in large cities.
It uses Intel processors to monitor for turbulence, winds and constantly sends signals to the rotors so they can react and perform “instantly” using battery-powered electric motors.
It has already been granted permission to fly in Germany and has conducted several autonomous test flights in Dubai.