Back at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, the EHang 184 human-sized quadcopter was officially unveiled. It now looks like the supersized drone will soon be carrying passengers through the skyline of Dubai.
Mattar al-Tayer, who is the head of Dubai’s Roads and Transportation Agency, recently said that the quadcopter will regularly start flying in July. However, the agency has already been testing it, as the EHang 184 was seen zipping around the luxury Burj al-Arab hotel.
The EHang 184 is capable of carrying one passenger weighing up to 220 pounds (100 kg) along with a small suitcase. And don’t worry, you don’t have to have a license to operate it. All you have to do is get in, select your destination on the touch screen pad, and the autonomous drone will take care of everything else. You just have to sit back and enjoy the ride.
As you would expect, the drone does have a few limitations. It has a range of up to 31 miles (50 km), a top speed of 100 mph (160 kph), and a maximum flight time of around 30 minutes. Safety shouldn’t be an issue, as the quadcopter will be monitored remotely by a control room on the ground at all times.
It is nice to hear that the authorities in Dubai will soon start offering transportation around the city with the EHang 184. However, apart from the launch date, there are still a bunch of questions that remain unanswered for now. Details about the number of drones that will be available, the price, exact locations, and more have not been shared with the public yet. Hopefully, these will be released soon.