World’s first passenger drone makes debut

The world’s first passenger drone has made its first public flight in China, taking off from Guangzhou City.

With the newly developed EHang 184, all passengers need to do is to get into the small cabin and fasten their seat belts and the automated flight system then takes over.

“None of the traditional flying vehicles can achieve the goal of fully autonomous flying, so they are still far away from common people,” EHang chief executive officer Hu Huazhi said.

“But our successful flight today means the scenes that we used to only see in sci-fi movies are now very close to common people.”

The electrically powered EHang 184 can carry a single passenger weighing up to 100 kilograms for a 23-minute flight at sea level at a speed of 100 kilometres per hour.



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