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Flying taxis, smart grocery trucks presented at GITEX Dubai 2020

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Flying taxis, smart grocery trucks presented at GITEX Dubai 2020

During GITEX exhibition, the experimental flying taxi model, which is being implemented by Uber and Hyundai, was reviewed.

Dubai– The 40th session of GITEX Dubai has seen the display of many models and prototypes of future technologies.

The exhibition took place this year under the main slogan, “Empowering the digital future and its prospects”, which revolves around the convergence of 5G technologies, artificial intelligence (AI), big data, the Internet of Things (IoT). The exhibition also aims to highlight the importance of these technologies in connecting people, devices, and systems to each other.

During the exhibition, the experimental flying taxi model, which is being implemented by Uber and Hyundai, was reviewed. It is an electric plane that can carry up to four people, in addition to its captain’s seat.

The self-driving plane, or AirCar, runs on electricity, and can fly 100 km at an altitude of between 1,000 to 2,000 feet. It takes five to seven minutes for the batteries to charge, and mainly relies on 5G technology.

The lightweight AirCar can fly 72 km on each charge, and can be charged 80% in just 15 minutes, which is enough to fly from one end of the city to the other.

The future of delivery was demonstrated by the Metro Snap self-driving bus, which is a bus and a self-driving vending machine. It also offers self-service parcel delivery, and a self-shopping experience with smart shelves.

A telecommunications company also exhibited in its pavilion the world’s first medically certified 3D-printed electronic arm that provides multiple fists such as musk, pinch, palm salutation, fist salutation and thumb lift. These arms are equipped with special sensors that sense the movement of muscles.

In robotics technology, the Jane and Adran robots were the most distinguished ‘guests’ at the exhibition. With features similar to humans, they have been provided with an integrated set of sensors, systems, and artificial skin. They are based on the science of electronic motility of robots, and can recognise the body language of people and their moods to act accordingly with the ability to customise skin colour, head, and hands.

Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairperson of the Executive Council Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum opened the activities of GITEX 2020 on Sunday morning.

The exhibition’s activities are taking place at the Dubai World Trade Center, and will host 1,200 companies from 60 countries. It is set to continue until 10 December, with the participation of technology industry giants from around the world, as well as 350 speakers in AI, smart cities, financial technology, the future of education and health, and the future of remote work.

The exhibition will see the display of 5G technologies and applications, AI and IoT technologies, as well as the most famous global robots and blockchain technologies. It will also feature the workings of the Dubai Smart Government services, and review its latest technologies in this direction to serve citizens.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, commented on his official Twitter page that GITEX will be the most realistic global technical event in 2020. He added that the UAE will be the fastest country in the world to recover from the effects of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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