We’ve seen some fairly cool stuff on day 1 of CES 2016, however in all probability nothing extra eye-catching than the EHang 184, a human-sized drone constructed by the Chinese language UAV firm EHang.
Sure you heard proper — an enormous autonomous drone that matches a human.
It’s principally what you’d anticipate to see if somebody shrunk you right down to the dimensions of a LEGO and caught you subsequent to a DJI Encourage. Besides nobody was shrunk, and the enormous flying machine was sitting smack in the midst of the CES drone part.
EHang, which was based in 2014 and has raised about $50M in enterprise funding thus far, was fairly gung-ho about telling everybody at CES that the 184 was the way forward for private transport. And for probably the most half, individuals have been too in awe to query them.
However the actuality is that the corporate in all probability was utilizing the 184 as extra of a advertising device for his or her commonplace-sized drones just like the Ghost. Not that we’re saying that the 184 won’t ever be an actual factor, simply that it in all probability isn’t coming to a Greatest Purchase close to you anytime quickly.
None of their staff have been in tune with the drone’s technical specs, not to mention an MSRP or launch date. However we did snag a press package from the corporate, which truly offered some worthwhile info.
The drone is about 4-and-a-half ft tall, weighs 440 kilos, and can be capable of carry a single passenger for 23 minutes at a velocity of 60 MPH. The 184 additionally has gull-wing doorways and arms that fold up.
EHang stated that the drone shall be completely automated, which means passengers will enter a vacation spot and haven’t any management through the flight. The corporate says this can make the machine safer by eliminating “probably the most harmful a part of normal modes of transportation, human error.”
This additionally signifies that passengers are principally helpless in case something goes mistaken, however the firm notes that their fail-protected techniques embrace a number of backups for every flight system, in addition to a function the place the plane will instantly land if a passenger’s life is in danger.
Finally, it’s in all probability going to be a couple of years earlier than we ever see the EHang 184 flying in something greater than a demo video. Plus, we will’t think about what the FAA would say concerning the factor.
That being stated, it’s good to see an organization considering forward and galvanizing the drone group.