This is really neat but a little crazy too. Remember George Jetson? Well, the cartoon has come to life with this new flying passenger drone.
A Chinese drone maker has revealed a giant quadcopter big enough to fit a passenger.
EHang claims to be building the world’s first ‘Autonomous Aerial Vehicle’ for transporting people.
Unveiled at CES in Las Vegas and called the 184, the all-electric vehicle has four arms with a total of eight propellers at the end.
‘You know how it feels to sit in a Ferrari? This is 10 times better,’ George Yan, co-founder of Ehang said.
The company says the 184 is autonomous, so all the passenger has to do is enter in their destination in the smartphone app, sit back, and let the drone take over.
There’s no option to take control of the 184 remotely. The cockpit is empty, apart from a stand to place a smartphone or tablet and a cup holder.
‘I think in all of us there is that little kid in all of us that says I want to fly,’ said Yan. ‘I don’t want to get a pilot license after five or 10 hours of flying, I want to do it right away. We’re making that dream happen.’
‘Everything is calculated in the backend to pick the most optimal route for you, so there is no collision with the other drones flying,’ said Yan.
‘On the drone itself we have built pretty sophisticated back up services so if another system fails then another will take over.’
In the event of an emergency, passengers can also elect to halt flight and simply hover in the air.
The EHang 184, which was named for ‘one’ passenger, ‘eight’ propellers, and ‘four’ arms. When it’s not in use, it can be folded up so that it can be stored away more easily.
EHang said the vehicle is primarily designed for traveling short-to-medium distances — around 10 miles — and will fly at around 60 miles per hour.
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