February 6 , 2018 – FRN –
“The Fifth Element” movie
The Chinese company Ehang announced the successful completion of test flights of the world’s first fully automatic passenger quadrocopters – the Ehang 184 Autonomous Aerial Vehicle. The cockpit can seat 1 or 2 people. As part of a series of tests, the air taxi safely transported the head of the company, its top managers and government officials of the city of Guangzhou.
Prior to that, the company had carried out more than a thousand test flights with passengers inside: the vehicle climbs to 300 meters and can carry up to 230 kilograms. It flies at a speed of 130 km/h. Its reliability has been tested in various weather conditions, including high temperatures, strong fog and storm winds.
The front seat passenger does not need to operate the drone taxi in any way – they only enter the destination and enjoy the trip. The flying vehicle will do everything by itself: take off into the air, fly the route avoiding possible obstacles, and land. In an emergency situation, an operator is available to provide instructions.
[It seems to us there wouldn’t be a lot of time to chat with an operator – who volunteers to try this first?]
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