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China-based unmanned aerial vehicle company EHang tested its world-first autonomous aerial vehicle the EHang 184, nearly one month after premiering at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

On February 6, EHang announced that the EHang 184 Autonomous Aerial Vehicle (AAV) has achieved a series of manned flight tests carrying one and two passengers.

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The EHang 184 designation comes from the unit’s single passenger, eight propellers, and four arms design.

EHang showed what it thinks will be the future passenger transport. The drone is compact and futuristic, featuring a joystick for flight control but totally unmanned in planned use.Building upon the commercial success of their ghost drone line, this autonomous vehicle not only wants to advance drone technology to next level but also change passenger travel as we currently understand it. And as the test-flight video shows, the EHang 184 could make this dream a reality.

Designing the world’s first aerial autonomous vehicle for short distances, the EHang 184 is capable of transporting a passenger to a destination input on a smartphone in a bit of tech that combines Blade Runner and the Jetsons, as the manned test flight video clearly demonstrates.

This development will not only have major implications for passenger travel but also emergency services and shipping. Imagine autonomous ambulances capable of transporting a patient to emergency care or large packages arriving autonomously moments after being ordered. The possibilities for this kind of technology are relatively endless.

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