Ehang 184 AAV drone can take you places at an altitude of 11,000 feet
There are autonomous drones and then there are personal flyers or single passenger drones designed to carry a person from one location to another. While CES 2016 is flooded with autonomous drones, there is one company from Guangzhou, China that is showcasing a 142-horsepower personal flying vehicle that will transport a passenger from one place to another at an altitude of 11,000 feet – yes, for real. The Ehang 184 AAV (Autonomous Aerial Vehicle) is a one-seater electric drone specially tailored for short and medium distance personal transport without requiring any special pilot license.
Ehang 184 AAV, as informed, has 142-horsepower electric motor (which takes almost four hours to charge) that helps the drone cruise at a speed of 62 mph. The drone feature 18 feet wingspan and weighs almost 440 pounds (approximately 200 kg). Capable of carrying a passenger of up to 264 pounds (approximately 120 kg), the drone can fly up to maximum altitude of 11,480 feet, and can soar for almost 23 minutes at sea level on full charge.
The drone is basically made from composite material – carbon fiber and epoxy and features aluminum alloy frame. The 184 AAV features eight propeller divided into four groups of two propellers each, which are placed one on top and the other on bottom of the four drone arms. The propeller arms of the drone can fold up when it’s parked on ground.
The amazingly functional 184 AAV is feature packed – it features full ambient interior lighting and has air conditioning a touchscreen tablet and 4G internet connectivity. Scheduled to be made commercially available toward the end of this year for price ranging between $200,000 and $300,000, Ehang is making wonders at the CES with its AAV.