Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 23 September 2020

WATCH: Tomorrow's future today at Gitex

Dubai's Gitex Technology Week opened with a bang at Dubai World Trade Centre on Sunday. Google, Microsoft, Alibaba and Huawei were among the global luminaries spreading their expertise and cutting edge kit.

Not to be left in the shade, Dubai itself unveiled its driverless taxi - autonomous vehicle in geek speak - that will be spinning round Silicon Oasis from November, although this is only to test whether the technology works.

It is still some time off before we climb in a taxi to find no-one in the driver seat.

Looking further ahead, on the Etisalat stand, Airbus and Audi have a driverless vehicle that can have a drone attached to move from land to air in a matter of minutes. This is not science fiction, a scale model of the flying car will be in the air from November with a full scale hopefully buzzing round Dubai in 2020.

Updated: October 18, 2018 04:17 PM

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