Ehang 184, a passenger-carrying drone, has completed more than 1,000 test flights with and without passengers.
In the over 1,000 flying tests, the Ehang climbed to 300 meters and also carried a person weighing 118 kilos. The model can run for about half an hour on an hour’s charge, according to Ehang’s website, and costs about $200,000 to $300,000 to produce.
The drone has an automated flight system. The passenger can choose the destination on a tablet, click on the take off button, and enjoy the view while arriving at its destination. Ehang can reach speeds of up to 130 kilometers per hour, and it can easily handle bad weather. It can also move through fog.
Powered by electricity only, this vehicle is embedded with the Ehang fail system. If any component of the vehicle malfunctions or disconnects, the aircraft will immediately land in the nearest possible area to ensure safety.
The bad side is that it can only carry one passenger. Also, it can carry people and cargo only for 23 minutes.
The number of start-up businesses trying to develop an autonomous flying vehicle is growing at a tremendous speed, and in the recent years has also been noticed the trend of large corporations trying to enter this sphere of transport.