Although Ehang announced the 184 at CES 2015 in Las Vegas, testing continued in Nevada as well as Dubai through to early 2017. Now, it seems, commercial certification is imminent with the following announcement in the Middle East.
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Dubai’s Road & Transportation Agency plans to launch trips with the first fully-electric autonomous aerial vehicle drone starting this July. The Prime Minister of the UAE wants 25% of all passenger trips to be made in driverless vehicles by 2030.
This human-size drone, EHang 184, is made in China and has already flown in Dubai. Its manufacturer, Chinese drone company Ehang, showed off the 184 at this year’s CES in Las Vegas after 100 successful manned test flights.
EHang 184 has enough room for a small suitcase and will be controlled through 4G mobile Internet. It is able to carry a single passenger who weighs less than 220 pounds over short distances at 62 miles per hour with a fully-charged battery.