In the near future we can expect outbreak the autonomous passenger drones taxi. The Chinese company Ehang has decided not to be penny wise and constructed drone-age, which is designed to carry one passenger. Ehang 184 is completely self-contained, so the first time wishing to be not much, unless it comes to commercial use.
Independent drone has a weight of 200 kg, 4 folding “arms”,8 engines and propellers, dimensions 1447x3866x3899 mm, flight speed of 100 km / h and a flight time of 23 minutes, so enough for relatively close of flight. Load capacity – 100 kg. The device uses electric motors with total capacity of 106 kW.
The passenger is offered to place hand luggage in the luggage compartment, comfortable stay in a chair, wearing seatbelts, and choose a destination on the display 12-inch tablet, and then enjoy the view from the window or fast internet.
It is also important to note that the drone has no manual controls. It is fully autonomous. Therefore, if the to way something happen, it is likely the flight for the passenger will fail.
How to claim to Ehang, they already have a fully-functioning machines, and soon planned demonstration flights around the world, and the first commercial versions they want to launch later this year, which is doubtful, in particular because of the legal aspects.