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This electric multicopter will take to the skies in Dubai later this year

Volocopter, a German aviation startup formerly known as E-volo, just announced that it inked a deal with Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority to begin testing its 18-rotor multicopters as part of a flying taxi service later this year. The news further cements the city’s reputation as a testing ground for some of the transportation world’s more futuristic and outlandish ideas.

Volocopter’s Dubai experiment will start in the fourth quarter of 2017, and is scheduled to last five years under the agreement with the RTA, said Alexander Zosel, co-founder of Volocopter, in a statement. “We are very grateful and proud that the RTA has selected us as…

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