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Drone Taxis Take First Test Spin in Israel

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An air taxi waits to take off, while another approaches for a landing.

Over the next two years, Israeli drone operating companies will conduct test flights throughout the country.

Credit: B.Y. Creative & Productions

Israel has begun test flights of autonomous aircraft for heavy cargo, and eventually passenger transport, as part of the Israel National Drone Initiative, a two-year, government-led project to manage traffic congestion.

Israel’s Transportation Minister Miri Regev calls it "the first initiative of its kind in the world for an extensive and multidisciplinary examination of new technologies, including the transportation of cargo and later, people."

Eleven drone-operating and delivery companies took part in test flights of heavy cargo.

Israel Innovation Authority's Dror Bin said, "The significance of these demonstrations lies in creating a regulatory sandbox that allows all relevant stakeholders to have practical experience before establishing a regulatory infrastructure that enables a wider economically viable model."

From The Times of Israel
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