Nowadays drones are capable of doing almost everything from carrying your delivery boxes to diffusing bombs. But have you ever imagined to sit on a drone and travel from one place to another? Well, Chinese drone-maker Ehang has not only envisioned a drone to easily fit any human passenger, but also unwrapped a prototype of the first autonomous drone to fly humans. So, it’s more like a personal car drone.
Entitled as Ehang 184, the world’s first human-carrying drone has been showcased at the Las Vegas Convention Center during Consumer Electronics Show this week. Although it looks somewhat like a mini helicopter, but features four rotors around the sides. These four spinning propellers help the drone to fly parallel to the ground like conventional drones.
According to the company, the Ehang 184 can accommodate one passenger with a backpack and take him/her to a pre-programmed destination. Once the destination is entered into its autonomous system, the passenger will only have to press just two buttons: take off and land. This means traveling through this drone would be much safer than driving a car.
When fully-charged for two hours, the electric-powered drone can fly for 23 minutes at sea level, carrying 220 pounds. It is designed to fly about 1,000 to 1,650-feet off the ground with a maximum altitude of 11,500-feet and top speed of 63 miles per hour. The drone is just 18-feet long, and can also be folded into a mere five-feet space. So, it can easily fit into a standard parking spot.
With this innovative human-carrying drone, the firm has come closest to a flying car. However, it is just a prototype and has to undergo some testings. Plus, the company even has to get approval from Federal Aviation Administration before its mass production.
When the 184 will be ready to hit the market, Ehang’s co-founder and Chief Financial Officer Shang Hsiao is hoping to sell the flying gadget for $200,000 to $300,000. For more information and details about the Ehang 184 drone, you may visit CES 2016 in Las Vegas.
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