Category: Mobile

20
Feb
2017

Dubai Targets July 2017 For Drone-Taxi Launch

Dubai has tested a Chinese prototype of a self-driving drone-taxi, with the aim of introducing the aerial vehicle in the emirate by July 2017.

The test of the one-man electric vehicle comes as the city state in the United Arab Emirates seeks to ensure a quarter of its means of transport are self-driving by 2030.

The EHang 184 can travel on a programmed course at 100 kilometres an hour (60 mph) at an altitude of 300 metres (1,000 feet).

A passenger simply needs to select a destination for the autonomous taxi to take off, fly the route and touch down in the chosen spot monitored by a ground control center.

The vehicle, made by Chinese drone manufacturer EHang, can recharge in 2 hours and make trips of up to 30 minutes. The quadcopter is powered by eight propellers. It has highly accurate sensors and can resist extreme temperatures; ideal as the emirate is known for its scorching summers!

22
Feb
2016

Personal Flying Vehicle

Single Passenger Drone

The Ehang 184 Personal Flying Vehicle can carry a single person weighing up to 260 pounds, has a top speed of 62 mph and a range of 10 miles.

The vehicle was recently unveiled at CES 2016, formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas.

It can fly itself without very much input from the passenger via an app, so they can program their flight in advance and then simply enjoy the ride! It requires no pilot’s license and is fully electric and runs on rechargeable batteries. The four arms, when folded, allow the Autonomous Aerial Vehicle (AAV) to occupy the same size parking space as a car.

The Ehang 184, which was named for ‘one’ passenger, ‘eight’ propellers, and ‘four’ arms, is set to be commercially available sometime in 2016 with a price of around US$200,000 to US$300,000.