Watch: Drone testing first step on way to flying taxis for Dubai

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From science fiction to almost reality, Dubai has begun testing drones as part of its ambitious plan to become the first city with flying taxis.

But there were no passengers on the test flight of the two-seater drone from German firm Volocopter. 

The high-flying taxi comes with plenty of fail-safes in case of trouble: back-up batteries, rotors and, for a worst case scenario, a couple of parachutes.

The maximum flight duration is 30 minutes.

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