Personal Autonomous Aerial Vehicle
No doubt drones are expanding transport barriers- we have seen mail delivery drones, farm drones, amoured drones, but now there’s a drone you can actually ride in. A company based in China, EHang recently revealed an an Electric Autonomous Drone that is capable of transporting a single passenger. The personal autonomous aerial vehicle is called the EHang 184 and is about 4.9 feet tall, weighs 440 pounds, and can carry a load of 220 pounds.
The aircraft, which is entirely powered by electricity, is capable of carrying a single passenger 23 minutes at sea level at an average cruising speed of 62 miles per hour, EHang said. The aircraft’s maximum flying altitude is over 11,000 feet.
To get from point A to point B, a passenger simply enters their desired location into the smartphone app and the drone does the rest of the work. EHang claims that the 184 can fully charge in four hours or two hours with quick charging.