Human-Carrying Drone Launches at CES2016

Drones are unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) once associated with the military, but are now getting to be more and more ubiquitous as any of today’s popular gadgets. Recently, however, a different kind of drone was launched at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2016.

Chinese drone maker Ehang Inc. on Wednesday unveiled what it calls the world’s first drone capable of carrying a human passenger. The Guangzhou, China-based company pulled the cloth off the Ehang 184 at the Las Vegas Convention Center during the CES gadget show. Read more at:

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Although this sounds remarkably similar to a helicopter – and in fact, it strongly resembles one – this new, 5.5-meter-long (18-foot-long) drone by Ehang Inc. has four doubled propellers that spin parallel to the ground, meaning that it is technically a drone in terms of how it flies. – Read more at:

Weighing in at 441 pounds, the drone can supposedly carry a 220-pound person for 23 minutes, which would take them about 10 miles. There is no need to manually pilot the drone. The passenger would simply enter a location in an app and let the EHang 184 do the rest. – Read more:

Will the skies be seeing more of this human-carrying drone? Aerial photographers seriously contemplating on using drones for their aerial photography services may give this drone a try, yet as this article says, it’s unlikely that this prototype vehicle will be taking to the air in numbers in the near future though. The company’s CEO said it had completed over 100 flights of the Guangzhou, but the idea of a human travelling inside a drone only complicates matters when it comes to drone policy. – Read more:


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