Your next ride could be a drone! Chinese start-up EHang launched the 184, its single passenger drone, Wednesday at CES. Well, “launched” – figuratively speaking, that is. Actually, the 440-pound drone will stay grounded during CES due to legal restrictions, so attendees won’t be able to take it for a spin.
Touted by EHang as “the world's first electric, personal Autonomous Aerial Vehicle (AAV),” the 184 looks like a helicopter and is about the size of a small car. According to EHang co-founder Derrick Xiong, the drone can carry a person up to ten miles at speeds of around 60 miles per hour.
“Passengers don’t need to learn how to fly it, they don’t need to get a pilot’s license,” Xiong told the Financial Times. “They just need to press a button and then it vertically takes off, flies from point A to point B, and lands.”
During the flight, passengers can kick back in the comfort of air conditioning and a 4G data connection, and can even pass the time with a book, thanks to the dual-color reading light!
The EHang 184 is not yet approved for human use, and its technology exists outside of current government regulation.
No release date has been announced yet. The company is still working out pricing, but the 184 will likely cost between $200,000 and $300,000.
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