The world’s first autonomous passenger drone has been given clearance for testing in Nevada.
The electric passenger drone Ehang 184 manufactured by Chinese Ehang can carry a person in the air for 23 minutes. The firm unveiled the drone at CES in Las Vegas in January this year. It has partnered with the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS) and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (Goed) to put the drone through testing and regulatory approval, the guardian reported Wednesday.
“The State of Nevada, through NIAS, will help guide Ehang through the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) regulatory process with the ultimate goal of achieving safe flight,” Tom Wilczek, Goed’s aerospace and defence specialist was quoted as saying by the news daily.
The founder and chief executive of Ehang, Huazhi Hu, said the move would lay the foundation for the 184’s commercialisation and kickstart the autonomous aerial transportation industry.
Ehang hopes to begin testing later this year and will have to prove airworthiness to the FAA, with guidance from NIAS, before being able to operate in a wider capacity. Over the past five years, Nevada has been positioning itself as a test bed for advanced transport solutions, being one of the first states in the US to permit the testing of autonomous vehicles on public roads.
The company based in the Guangzhou province of southern China, already makes camera and hobbyist drones, but its passenger drone could be the first of its kind, capable of transporting a person via air in the same way Google’s self-driving car can via road.
The company envisages a system where by a passenger simply inputs the destination and the drone takes care of the rest, taking off vertically, flying at altitudes up to 3.5km (11,500 feet) at up to 100kmph (63mph) for up to 23 minutes using eight propellers on four arms.
Given that fully autonomous road vehicles are unlikely to be widely available until the middle of the next decade, the time when commuters can simply jump in a flying autonomous taxi drone to get to work appears to be some time off yet.
“I personally look forward to the day when drone taxis are part of Nevada’s transportation system,” said Wilczek.
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