The drone EHang 184 is an Autonomous Aerial Vehicle (AAV) capable of short to medium distance flights.
EHang is a Chinese unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) company. Today at the CES 2016 EHang unveiled a personalized drone called EHANG 184. The EHang is the first ever personal Autonomous Aerial Vehicle (AAV) meaning it has self-flying capability.
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The all electric drone can carry out short-to-medium distance flights meaning every day flight is now a possibility. The EHang is a manned drone capable of automatically carrying a passenger through the air.
The drone comes with a smartphone app. The passenger just needs to enter their destination and the drone will take them. The ready to fly AAV drone was developed independently by EHang.
The EHang 184 is capable of fully automated navigation since it has a 24/7, real-time flight command center. In simple words the passenger does not need to have a flying license. The passenger can simply sit back and let the drone take over.
The introduction of an automated flight is a significant point not just for transport industry. Even shipping, medical care and retail will be revolutionized. Huazhi Hu is the CEO of EHang.
According to Hu, it had been a lifetime goal to make flight faster, easier and more convenient. The new EHang 184 provides a viable solution to the many challenges the transportation industry faces.
All the while EHang is a safe and energy efficient way. Hu, believes the new EHang 184 will make a global impact across dozens of industries. The EHang 184 is designed to change the fundamentals of travel.
The drone 184 has been named after its capabilities. The capabilities are for 'one' passenger, 'eight' propellers, and 'four' arms. The EHang 184 is the next wave of innovation in transport. The EHang is an autonomous aircraft, so human error has been eliminated in flight.
The EHang 184 has been built with reinforcements for all flight systems. So multiple backups are already in place to seamlessly take over in case of failure. EHang 184 also has an independently developed Fail-Safe System.
The system ensures if any components malfunction, or there is damage there is no serious threat. The EHang 184 aircraft will immediately begin taking the necessary precautions to ensure safety.
The Fail-Safe System automatically evaluates the damage and assesses whether the AAV will need to land. The EHang 184 has multiple sets of sensors which provide the drone a constant stream of real-time data.
Every system in EHang 184 is encrypted and each drone comes with a specific key. Flight in case of emergency can be terminated. The passenger can halt flight and simply hover in the air. All of it is possible with just one click.
If the EHang 184 is mass produced it will solve all traffic problems. The EHang 184 AAV takes off and lands vertically. So it does not need a long runway for flight to take off.
The design of the EHang 184 is also foldable making it convenient for everyday use. As a bonus the EHang 184 is completely electric, thus not harmful to the environment at all.
The drone has a load capacity of 100 kilograms. The EHang 184 only weighs about 200 kilograms and is 1.5 meters tall. The longest flight duration is 23 minutes at 100km/h.
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