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Chinese drone company Ehang has revealed spectacular footage of their passenger drone, the Ehang 184, in action- bringing the dream of personal sky taxis a step closer to reality.
The Ehang 184 opens up the possibilities for personal sky taxis for the first time.
(Image via Ehang.)

Ehang has been extensively testing the quadcopter passenger drone with over a thousand test flights involving actual passengers. The test flights involved a 984-foot vertical ascent, a 500-pound weight test, a slight route covering 9.3 miles, and speed tests of up to 80.7mph.

The drone has also been tested in a variety of adverse and challenging conditions including high temperatures, night time flights, low-visibility, and high winds.
The Ehang 184 is able to fly autonomously meaning the passenger can sit back and enjoy the view!
(Image via Ehang).

Not only does the Ehang 184 offer the potential for individual aerial transportation, but it is able to fly autonomously too. At the click of a button the 184 will fly you to the destination of your choice, allowing you to sit back and enjoy the view.

Exciting, right?

Well, if you don't think so, watch the video below and then tell me you’re not excited…

See what I mean?

If you’re anything like me, you might have wondered what a ‘real-life Jestons’ would be like. Well, the Ehang 184 means we might not have to wonder much longer.

For those of you who think that personal drone transportation will only be for the more adventurous amongst us, Ehang founder and CEO Huazhi Hu has words to the contrary:

“What we’re doing isn’t an extreme sport, so the safety of each passenger always comes first. Now that we’ve successfully tested the Ehang 184, I’m really excited to see what the future holds for us in terms of air mobility.”
At present the Ehang 184 can transport a single passenger for up to 10 miles, or for a duration of approximately 23 minutes.
(Image via Ehang).

At present the Ehang 184 can transport a single passenger for up to 10 miles, or for a duration of approximately 23 minutes. However, Ehang has plans to create a two-seater version that can carry a payload of 617-pounds.

It’s likely that it will be a while before aviation authorities grant permission for passenger drones to navigate the airways of major cities, but when they do, sign me up for an Ehang 184!
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