Drones have traditionally been small devices that can fly around, take photos and videos, and even provide some added fun through the inclusion of augmented reality games. One thing they haven’t accomplished is human flight — until now.
Chinese drone-maker Ehang has developed the 184, a prototype of the first autonomous drone that will fly humans.
The helicopter-inspired drone seats one person and is a self-flying device that requires users to input their coordinates and then press just two buttons: take off and land.”
The 184 features eight propellers and four arms which help carries passengers, unfortunately, it isn’t ready for prime-time just yet.
The company must still overcome a ton of government clearances. The company says it’s working with local and federal agencies to have the drone approved for use.
The human-carrying drone will take off and land vertically and will be capable of climbing up to 11,480 feet with a battery pack that can operate for 23 minutes.
The drone is just 18 feet long and can travel at speeds up to 62 miles per hour.
What might be most impressive is that the device can fold into a five-foot space, perfect for parking it in a standard parking spot. it can be folded into a five-foot space, so it can fit right into a standard parking spot.
It’s also lightweight at just 440 pounds.Ehang put all kinds of
Falling out of the sky when your 23 minutes is up might concern many potential buyers. Ehang is trying to calm our nerves with a ton of failsafe options, including multiple power backups, a program that will land the drone at the first sign of trouble, and an On-Star-like command center for fliers who need help.