World's First Passenger Drone Makes Its Debut Flight In China

| February 10 , 2018 , 17:30 IST

World's first passenger drone made its debut in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou on Tuesday. 

Developed by Chinese tech organization EHang Inc, the vehicle utilizes electricity as its power source. Also known as EHang 184, this vehicle uses robotized flight system so travellers don't need to mess with driving.

"None of the traditional flying vehicles can achieve the goal of fully autonomous flying, so they are still far away from common people. But our successful flight today means the scenes that we used to only see in sci-fi movies are now very close to common people," said EHang CEO, Hu Huazhi.

The self-driving drone can carry a single traveller weighing up to 100 kg for a 23-minute flight and can go at a speed of 100 km per hour, said the organization.

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"(The drone can) help people to avoid the traffic on the ground, but also in other applications, we can always think about emergency rescue, or we can transport patients to the hospital, or we can do tourism, you know, fly from one island to the other," said Derrick Xiong, co-founder and CEO of EHang, Inc.

A year ago, EHang and the city of Dubai reached an arrangement to collaborate on the advancement of self-flying taxicabs.