Dubai is expecting to launch flying, pilotless taxis speeding among its skyscrapers.

This week, the city-state in the United Arab Emirates hosted crews from the German firm Volocopter, which had an electric, battery-powered two-seat prototype take off and land.

Dubai expects to have rules in place to administer such aircraft in the following five years.

The Volocopter’s designers visualize the electric, battery-powered two-seat helicopters taking off and landing from pads set up across the town.

The prototype used in Dubai has a maximum flying time of 30 minutes at 50 kph (31 mph), with a maximum airspeed of 100 kph (62 mph). Batteries charged in climate-controlled zones near the pads would be exchanged in as needed.

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