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China's revolutionary EHang 184 passenger carrying craft set to be tested in Nevada (3)

(Mail Online)    13:38, June 08, 2016

EHang said the vehicle is primarily designed for traveling short-to-medium distances — around 10 miles — and will fly at 60 miles per hour

It takes off and lands vertically, subsequently eliminating the need for runways.

'Mass-adoption of the 184 has the potential to streamline congested traffic and dramatically reduce the kinds of accidents associated with any human-operated vehicle,' the firm claims.

'It's been a lifetime goal of mine to make flight faster, easier and more convenient than ever. The 184 provides a viable solution to the many challenges the transportation industry faces in a safe and energy efficient way,' said EHang CEO Huazhi Hu.

'I truly believe that EHang will make a global impact across dozens of industries beyond personal travel.

'The 184 is evocative of a future we've always dreamed of and is primed to alter the very fundamentals of the way we get around.'

The 184 has been in development for 2 and a half years, and the company is aiming to release a commercial version later this year, depending on safety tests and future drone regulations.

As well as having to work in the confines of UAV laws, there is also the issue of trust. Would anyone ever trust a drone to fly them to a destination?

'If you roll the timeline back to 100 years you will see that when we went from horse and carriage to vehicles people had the same concerns of whether you could trust it to take you from A to B,' said Yan.

'If you look out the cars out there and unmanned vehicles, you can understand that we can make these technology breakthrough.

You just have to start somewhere.'

EHang will also have a command center that employs people to make sure everything is safe — sort of like an air traffic controller at an airport.

The command center will monitor every 184 in the air 24/7 and the company plans integrate with existing air traffic controller operations.

The command center would, for example, make sure that a 184 doesn't take off in extreme weather conditions.

No official launch date has been set, but the company said commercialization will begin in a few months. EHang will first launch in the China and set up a command center there, where it will employ around 300 people, but the US isn't far behind.

The company will begin working on getting a certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration soon.


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(Editor:Ma Xiaochun,Bianji)

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