The world’s first passenger drone, capable of speeds up to 100kms/h, named EHang 184 made its first public flight on Tuesday in south China’s Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province. EHang 184: World’s First Passenger Drone Makes Flight in China.
The electric-powered vehicle made by Chinese tech manufacturer EHang Inc can carry a single passenger weighing up to 100 kilograms. Passengers need to get in the cabin and fasten their seat belts. Then it takes over.
EHang 184: World’s First Passenger Drone Makes Flight in China
EHang184, is operated by an automated flight system. The drone can fly for 23 minutes and reach speeds of 100kms/h.
Hu Huazhi, CEO of EHang, Inc said:
“None of the traditional flying vehicles can achieve the goal of fully autonomous flying, so they are still far away from common people. But our successful flight today means the scenes that we used to only see in sci-fi movies are now very close to common people,”
Drone has been tested over 1000 times and is designed to moderate gales with winds of up to 50 KM/hour. The drones will reportedly cost between $US200,000 ($253,000) and $300,000 ($380,000). The city of Dubai announced a plan to cooperate with EHang to develop self-flying taxis taking people across the city last year.
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