The question you might be having is this still considered a drone? Or is it a helicopter as passengers can ride in it? Semantics aside we can be sure that passenger drone is coming pretty soon. eHang 184 as the quadcopter is called is developed by eHang a Chinese company which is set to take a dip in the autonomous taxi industry.
The manned autonomous vehicle is developed by 150 technical engineers, with over 1000 days of research and development, and over 1000 flight to reach the perfect and safe flight.
“What we’re doing isn’t an extreme sport, so the safety of each passenger always comes first,” said Ehang founder and CEO Huazhi Hu in a statement. “Now that we’ve successfully tested the Ehang 184, I’m really excited to see what the future holds for us in terms of air mobility.”
The autonomous flying vehicle is set to take you from one destination to another with the use of their simple touchscreen user interface. Just enter your end destination and flying taxi is ready to fly you to your destination. The quadcopter will be connected to control center where trained people are ready to take control if anything goes haywire mid-flight.
The quadcopter is constructed using carbon fiber and epoxy for the ultra-lightweight 573 pounds (260kg) and a payload rating of 220 pounds (100 kg). It can take you from one destination to another at 62 MPH (100 KMH) with the duration of the flight being 25 min at the altitude of 1640 feet (500m).
My main concern with the technology will be the noise as I surely would not want it to land next to my house dropping off its passenger.