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IN Science & Technology ON 07 Jan, 2016
EHang, a Chinese drone maker has revealed a quadcopter that is big enough to accomodate a passenger too. It claims to be building the world's first 'Autonomous Aerial Vehicle' which could be used to transport people. It unvieled the marvel at the CES in Las Vegas and is dubbed as 184. Check it out here-
"You know how it feels to sit in a Ferrari? This is 10 times better", said George Yan, co-founder of EHang, in an interview with DailyMail.
All the passenger does is entering the destination in the smartphone app and then sits back while the drone obeys the command.
"I think in all of us there is that little kid in all of us that says I want to fly", said Yan. "I don't want to get a pilot license after five or 10 hours of flying, I want to do it right away. We're making that dream happen."
"Everything is calculated in the backend to pick the most optimal route for you, so there is no collision with the other drones flying. On the drone itself we have built pretty sophisticated back up services so if another system fails then another will take over."
In the wake of any emergency, the flight can be stopped in the mid and the passenger may choose to just hover in the air.
"Mass-adoption of the 184 has the potential to streamline congested traffic and dramatically reduce the kinds of accidents associated with any human-operated vehicle", claims the firm.
"I truly believe that EHang will make a global impact across dozens of industries beyond personal travel. The 184 is evocative of a future we've always dreamed of and is primed to alter the very fundamentals of the way we get around." This will incredibly revolutionize the way we move between one place to another.