The flying car is here: Dubai is testing its drone taxi service | collaboration |

Dubai staged the first public test of its drone taxi service Monday, offering a peek at what it might — or will — be like to commute by flying car.

The self-piloting electric Volocopter is less noisy and has a smaller physical and environmental footprint than a traditional helicopter. Offering space for two passengers, the 6.5-foot-high copter is topped by a 22-foot-wide hoop studded with 18 rotors. In video of the test, the all-white drone rose, unoccupied, about 650 feet over the sand near Jumeirah Beach Park, flew itself for about five minutes, then gently landed.