EHang launches manned, electric drone

Chinese unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) company EHang has unveiled the EHang 184, an electric, personal autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) that will achieve humanity´s long-standing dream of easy, everyday flight for short-to-medium distances, the company said.

Developed independently by EHang, the fully ready-to-fly AAV is a manned drone capable of automatically carrying a passenger through the air, simply by entering a destination into its accompanying smartphone app.

Due to the 184´s fully automated navigation, made possible by EHang´s 24/7, real-time flight command center, passengers have no need for a pilot´s license, they simply sit back and let the drone take over from there. This first realization of automated flight signifies a major turning point not only for the transportation industry, but also for a huge swath of other fields such as shipping, medical care and retail.

The EHang 184, which was named for ´one´ passenger, ´eight´ propellers, and ´four´ arms, is the next wave of innovation from EHang. Automated flight eliminates the most dangerous part of standard modes of transportation: human error.

The EHang 184 has built in reinforcements for all flight systems, so that in the unlikely event that a component does fail, multiple backups are already in place to seamlessly take over.

EHang´s independently developed Fail-Safe System ensures that if any components malfunction, or if there´s damage while the AAV is in-flight (i.e. from a bird), the aircraft will immediately begin taking the necessary precautions to ensure safety. The 184´s Fail-Safe System automatically evaluates the damage and determines whether the AAV will need to land to ensure its passenger´s safety.

The EHang 184 AAV flight control systems have multiple sets of sensors that provide the drone a constant stream of real-time data.

The 184 is 100 percent electric and doesn´t depend on fossil fuels, reducing our reliance on substances that can be environmentally damaging.

Standing 1.5 meters tall and weighing 200 kilograms (440 pounds), the EHang 184 AAV has a load capacity of 100 kilograms (220 pounds), with the maximum output of 106W powered by eight motors.

EHANG, Inc. is a technology innovation oriented company specializing in R&D, manufacturing and sales of intelligent unmanned aerial vehicles.