Chinese company EHang and the state of Nevada are set to test automated flying passenger drones by the end of this year!
With flying passenger drones only a thing of science fiction, with the advances in drone technology in the past few years, they are more a reality than ever. Called the Ehang 184 Passenger Drone, a prototype has already been developed and is set to begin testing soon. With clearance to navigate the Nevada airspace, this is a huge step for the company and the advancement of drone technology.
EHang, the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS) and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development in cooperation have pushed to make sure the Ehang 184 is approved and ready to test.
Premiering at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this past January, the Ehang 184 can carry a single passenger for 23 minutes. While that may not seem very impressive, it’s only a first step in the road towards autonomous drone travel.
The company envisions simplicity in the operation of the drone. After setting up the flight plan with a single click, the user can take off for any location, sit, relax and enjoy the flight. – Futurism
With a designated test site in Nevada, FAA UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems), the company and teams plan to begin testing this year and will work closely with NIAS over the coming months to make sure the vehicle meets UAS flight requirements.
References: Ehang – Futurism
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