Last week, the Volocopter VC200, the world’s first certified multicopter created by German firm e-volo, took to the skies in Dubai for the first time in an unmanned flight. The Volocopter is a personal, two-seat, all-electric 18-rotor vehicle. The Volocopter is made mostly from carbon fiber composites and weighs less than 1,000 pounds.
Thanks to its flight control system, the vertical take-off and landing aircraft (VTOL) is “extremely easy to fly,” according to e-volo. The Volocopter is piloted one-handedly with a single joystick and significantly reduces the number one reason for accidents in conventional helicopters: human error.
In 2016, the Volocopter had its first manned flight. Dubai hopes the aircraft will play a role in having autonomous vehicles handle a quarter of all passenger journeys in the city by 2030; and also play a role in potentially creating the world’s first self-flying taxi service.
According to e-volo, the idea for the Volocopter was inspired by rising urban congestion all over the world.
“The need for individual mobility will continue to rise sharply in the future,” the company says on its website. “Traffic congestion, emissions and extremely high costs for infrastructure are already pushing cities to their limits. Social challenges of this magnitude require a new perspective at times. In our case: The view towards the third dimension. We want to make every human being’s dream of flying come true and help modern cities resolve increasing mobility issues.”
To watch the Volocopter’s flight over Dubai, check out the video below: