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Volocopter takes maiden flight

Dubai's first flying taxi has taken to the air for a test run.

The Volocopter took its maiden flight across the city in the United Arab Emirates under the watchful eye of Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed.

The vehicle was unmanned when it travelled in the skies but there is hope it will eventually be used as a taxi service for two people.

Speaking before the flying vehicle took to the skies, Alexander Zosel, Volocopter's co-founder and chief innovation officer, said: "We only go public when we can show something that flies. We show facts, not visions."

The Volocopter is German-made and has a number of back up safety features incase the autonomous system fails.

Writing about the vehicle on their website, they shared: "The Volocopter 2X incorporates superior design systems in all critical areas assuring the highest degree of reliability. This encompasses propellers, electric motors, battery packs, electronics, displays and much more. In addition, all communication networks are connected via the latest optical fibers - in other words "fly-by-light". There are also numerous support systems for flight control and stabilization. Also on board, although you will never require it, is an emergency parachute ...

"We like perfection, precision and reliability. This applies also to the Volocopter 2X which incorporates each and every one of these characteristics. After all, everything was planned, developed and built at the German company headquarters in Bruchsal. From the initial idea to the software and electronic components through to the latest version."

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