Self-flying Smart Taxi
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. 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.
According to the company, everything is calculated in the backend to pick the most optimal route for you, so there is no collision with the other drones flying. The drone itself has 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 travelling short-to-medium distances — around 10 miles — and will fly at around 60 miles per hour.