Starting from self-driving cars to flying drones, just when you think you have seen it all, you find yourself staring at the Ehang 184 AAV (autonomous aerial vehicle); a modern day marvel from some of the best creative minds of our time. Said to be “the Safest, Smartest and Eco-friendly low attitude autonomous aerial vehicle, the Ehang 184 AAV is aiming to provide medium-short distance communication and transportation solutions”, according to their website.
The Ehang are a series of UVAs developed by the Chinese firm, Beijing Yi-Hang Creation Science & Technology Co. Ltd.The Guangzhou-based southern Chinese company, in collaboration with the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS) and the Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED) had finally put forward the drone through testing and regulatory approval by the State’s Federal Aviation Administration.
"I personally look forward to the day when drone taxis are part of Nevada's transportation system," said Wilczek, GOED's aerospace and defense specialist.
The 4-foot-tall electric vehicle is fully enhanced to autonomously carry one person in midair for an average of 23 minutes at an altitude of more than 11,000 feet with a top speed of 62mph.
A simple app interface on a smart-phone or tablet is all the passenger needs in order to operate the drone. The drone can be instructed to take off, pause to hover, and land with just a few taps. A location from the map can also be selected in order to pinpoint any specific destination. In times of duress, the Ehang 184 will keep operating on an emergency flight plan to keep both the passenger and the vehicle safe, while having a “fail safe system” that automatically lands safely if any of the components malfunction or disconnect. Even summer-time rides would be blissful enough as the small space flying machine has its own air conditioning, storage space, reading light, and 4G connection. It may even serve to function as a safety pod in case there’s an apocalypse! Only for 23 minutes, though.
The Ehang 184 is rumored to be mass-producedwithin 2016, while the price varying from $200,000 to $300,000, reported by Engadget. Over recent disputes regarding the flexibility of using camera drones and their increased restrictions, the US government has commenceda list of mandatory registrations. We are guessing the Ehang184 AAV has a long and difficult way to go if it hopes to see the day when calling an air-taxi would be just as normal as, well, calling a taxi!
For more specifications on this awesome new ride, please visit //http://www.ehang.com/ehang184