Offbeat

By Hayley Pugh 


They might look like something from a science fiction movie but these pilotless drone taxis are taking to the skies this summer.

Pic from Caters News

The egg-shaped sky taxis, dubbed the EHang 184, can carry one person for up to half an hour or 31 miles at a time and are set to start buzzing around the city in the United Arab Emirates this month.

Pic from Caters News

The passenger, which can weigh a maximum of 16 stone, will be able to hail the drone using an app and select their destination on a touch screen in the cabin – but there will be no other controls inside.

Pic from Caters News

Created by Chinese drone company Ehang, the chopper will have a maximum speed of 62 miles per hour and will be monitored at all times from a ground control room.

The propellers even fold inwards so it can squeeze into standard parking spaces made for cars.