Chinese Company Unveils New Passenger-Sized Drone

January 15, 2016 | Johannes Van Zijl

The Ehang 184, a large white drone, large enough to hold one person
Photo credit: Screen capture from Huffpost Story

Imagine flying this to work every day!

A Chinese company has unveiled their new drone prototype “Ehang 184” that is designed to carry a single person for up to 10 miles.  Operating the drone is very similarly to flying your personal, miniature helicopter.

The drone, which was showcased at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas, is electrically powered and can carry a load of up to 100 kilograms and fly for roughly 23 minutes at sea level.  The ecofriendly Ehang 184 has another feature; its wings are designed to be able to fold up, allowing it to park in a single parking spot!

What makes the Ehang 184 different from a helicopter is that a licensed pilot is not required to operate it. The passenger only needs to enter the destination on entry, and the drone does the rest, plotting a course to avoid any obstacles or congestion — really cool! Soon we might all have personal drones to get us to work and back!

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