How passenger drones will significantly change the way we commute
Now, one can fly to one’s destination by drones. A Chinese firm, EHang is set to test the first passenger drone in the world – the EHang 184. The new passenger drone will be tested in Nevada, America, this year, reports Daily Bhaskar. Guangzhou-based Ehang Inc unveiled the Ehang 184 at the Las Vegas convention centre at the CES gadget show in January early this year.
A report in The Guardian states that, in a company video showing the 184 flying, it looks like a small helicopter but with four propellers spinning parallel to the ground in a similar configuration to other drones. The electric-powered drone can be fully charged in two hours, carry up to 100kg (220lb) and fly for 23 minutes at sea level, according to Ehang. The cabin fits one person and a small backpack and is fitted with air conditioning and a reading light. It is designed to fit, with propellers folded, in a single parking spot.
After setting a flight plan, passengers need to give two commands – “take off” and “land” – done with a single click on a tablet, the company said. The drone is designed to fly 300 metres to 500 metres (1,000 to 1,650 feet) off the ground with a maximum altitude of 3.5km (11,500 feet) and top speed of 63 mph (100km/h). The drone-taxi can be used for transportation during peak office hours and traffic jams.