Just when we thought we were at the physical limit of transportation, here comes an autonomous aerial vehicle making its way to Dubai to prove otherwise.
The Chinese drone maker Ehang Inc. uncovered the Ehang 184 (world’s first drone capable of carrying a human passenger) which has been tested by the transport authorities in Dubai to be introduced by July as a self-driving hover-taxi in the United Arab Emirates.
The electric EHang 184 can travel at 100km per hour at an altitude of 1,000 feet which will help reduce traffic congestion. By 2030, Dubai aims to ensure that a quarter of its means of transport are self-driven.
This multi-rotor is powered just like other drones with four doubled propellers spinning parallel to the ground, extremely accurate sensors and can resist intense temperature. To drive, the passenger only needs to select a destination on a Microsoft surface tablet for the self-directed taxi to take off, fly the route and land in the chosen spot. Click here for a Video demonstration. Charging time for this electric-powered drone is a maximum of two hours and can carry up to 220 pounds. To beat the summer heat of Dubai, the cabin has an air conditioning system and can fit one person and a small backpack. Parking space will not be a problem as it is designed to fit in a single parking space after its propellers have folded up.
Dubai is the leading touristic destination in the Gulf for activities like hot air ballooning, desert safari, tours, and even skiing attracting millions of visitors each year and with the use of the electric EHang 184, there will be a reduction in traffic congestion and by 2030, Dubai’s aim is that a quarter of its means of transport are self-driven.