Guangzhou-based personal drone developer Ehang has published a video of a test flight of its Ehang 184 autonomous passenger-carrying drone, with Ehang founder and CEO Hu Huazhi himself taking a test ride.
The Ehang 184 has an average flight speed of 100 km per hour and is capable of reaching a distance of 50 km in a straight-line flight. With 1 hour of charging time, the drone can fly for 25 minutes at a speed of 130 km per hour. The vehicle can climb to an altitude of 300 meters.
To ensure the aircraft's safety, the Ehang 184 is equipped with double of all safety-related parts, and its battery is divided into 8 separate power supplies. This way, if any part of the system malfunctions, the craft can still operate safely.
Hu Huazhi said the Ehang 184 is aimed at solving urban short-trip transportation problems. The drone already has its Chinese civil aircaft flight certification, and Ehang expects to have take-off and landing points set up in various large cities within 5 years, at which time people will be able to hail a "flying taxi" to work.