EHang’s driverless MEGADRONE carries passengers around China

Posted On February 6th, 2018 - 5:49 pm | by Oil and gas press

EHang 184 Drones and Huawei to Reshape Urban Air Spaces.
On February 6, EHANG announced that the EHANG 184 Autonomous Aerial Vehicle has achieved a series of manned flight tests carrying one and two passengers, including EHANG CEO and all executives, as well as many Guangzhou government officials.
Known as Ehang 184, it is the star product of EHang, a Chinese drone start-up founded in 2014.

Huawei Wireless X Labs unveiled the “Digital Sky Initiative” – an initiative designed to develop the low airspace economy through advanced application of drones. By taking network coverage to the low airspace (within the 300-meter range), the digital airspace in cities will soon undergo a transformation, as intelligent data traffic management in the air becomes a reality.

In a joint showcase with Huawei, EHang CEO and founder Hu Huazhi emphasized how the unique capabilities of EHang connected drones would be instrumental in building low airspace digital sky cities.

“Our products feature zero-threshold smart app control, intelligent flight command and control, and digital distribution/processing capabilities. We are excited to work with telecommunications operators and drone application providers to bring new mid-air mobile internet ecosystems to the world.”

“It is the same as what we do in civil aviation today. The only difference is that civil planes fly at a height of 30,000m, whereas we fly at a height of 300m to 500m,” EHang co-founder Derrick Xiong told reporters visiting the company’s headquarters recently.

Given its short flight time, the vehicle can only provide transport for short to medium distances, such as transporting organs for surgery.

So far, it has tested a flight carrying people, including Mr Xiong and Guangzhou city’s vice-mayor Wang Dong.

After two years of constant trials and prototyping, the company is now “very close” to commercialising the vehicle.

EHang has been working closely with the Chinese aviation authority and Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority to test the aerial vehicle.

To date, it has clocked more than 1,000 test flights, both in Guangzhou and Dubai. Next year, it will start test flights in the state of Nevada in the United States.

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