A flying car powered by UAE’s telecom operator Etisalat stunned thousands of technology innovators at the latest exhibition in Dubai.
If it wins the approvals of regulators, in a few years, you will be able to call a flying taxi to your doorstep strap in and tell it where you want to be and it’ll take off to your destination.
You will not need to have a helipad or a runway. The flying vehicle uses the same parking space available on the streets to maneuver. Also at the GITEX tech mega-show that comes to an end this week were a number of self-drive cars with different capabilities beyond flying.
The innovators see one of its major users in the taxi business. The vehicle will not need a driver or pilot to fly. And if you are afraid if flying or you just want to stay on the road, the flying taxi will also simply self-drive itself to your destination as you sit back.
The innovation, displayed in packed room of technology enthusiasts at during the GITEX Technology Week, was powered by the 5G network, which provided the necessary comfort that it has the capacity to use artificial intelligence and make decisions at the same speed as that of a human being or faster.
Etisalat said 5G is about 20 times faster than 4G, featuring virtually no latency and ultra-low energy requirements and this makes the network deal with all the fears of processing speeds and accidents raised in previous innovations.
The innovation is part of the ‘Pop.Up Next’ concept that is driving inventions around the autonomous cars space. This is the world’s first fully electric and zero-emission modular system vehicle.
Its flight module allows the car to lift itself into the air vertically. It can perform both the autonomous and electric modes. It also has a 49 inch screen that relays information to its passengers on board, plays music and offers other entertainment services depending on the mood of the passengers.
Besides the flying cars, the world of robotics was in full energy at the technology fair. Some of the wonder robots on display included those that can do customer service jobs, security guards, singers, tour guides and receptionists. But it was the Robocop that got many tongues wagging.
The Dubai Police brought its first ever police robot patrolling its streets.
Dubai is hoping to have a human free police station in 2030. The police robot, described as a wonder robot, uses artificial intelligence and can ‘speak’ and answer a good number of questions as well as offer help to road users. People can also use them to pay fines and get information by tapping a touchscreen on its chest.
The Robocop can also identify wanted criminals as well as collect evidence. It can speak in six languages including English and Arabic. It can shake hands and even offer a military salute.
They are expected to start patrolling crowded parts of the City. The scary invention will see some human crime busters replaced by machines.
Though there is a good attempt to make the Robocop look as human as possible, it lacks a ‘mouth’ and where the mouth should be is covered by some white material. It also has scary eyes and is a little slow in turning its head towards a suspect.
But on the brighter side, the Robocop will work 24 hours a day, will never ask for leave and their ‘pay benefits’ will be a fraction of the costs paid to the human policemen. The cop does not need a visa either or medical insurance. They do not need hours of training. The Robocop is also expected to engage millions of tourists that fly into the country every month.