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Saudi Arabia Launches Self-Driving Air Taxi During Hajj 2024

Saudi Arabia has announced the launch of self-driving air taxi trials during the Hajj season.

Minister of Transport and Logistics Services and Chairman of the Board of Directors of General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) Eng. Saleh Al-Jasser launched a self-driving air taxi trial at the holy sites, said the Transport General Authority.

This inaugural trial, witnessed by GACA President Abdulaziz Al-Duailej, involved the vertical take-off of the electric air taxi.

It is the “world’s first air taxi to be licensed by a civil aviation authority”, the TGA said.

The air taxi services entail transporting pilgrims between the holy sites, facilitating emergency travel, transporting medical equipment, and providing logistical services for the transportation of goods.

Al Jasser stressed that this initiative is part of the ministry’s endeavour to adopt cutting-edge transportation technologies and environment-friendly transportation models powered by artificial intelligence.

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These innovations support the sustainability of the modern transportation sector and align with the objectives of the National Transport and Logistics Strategy, in line with Saudi Vision 2030.

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