Floating vehicles zooming seemingly unhindered by gravity between skyscrapers used to be in the exclusive realm of science fiction. But the dream of flying over traffic is now closer to reality. The world’s first passenger drone, the EHang 184, made its debut public flight on Tuesday.
Tuesday’s flight means the scenes that used to exist only in sci-fi movies “are now very close to common people,” Hu added.
EHang says the vehicle runs on electric batteries. It can carry one person weighing up to 100 kilograms at a time. The drone can cruise at an altitude of 500 meters and fly at a maximum speed of 100 kilometers per hour for 25 minutes.
The company says the drone’s been tested over a thousand times and is designed to withstand moderate gales with winds of up to 50 kilometers per hour. But the biggest concern remains safety.
Experts say self-flying vehicles can greatly reduce traffic congestion down the road and what’s more important is that they can be used for city services like emergency rescue.
In other news, young and smart electrical electronics engineers from Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria, Jones Joseph Bassey, Ekemini Abner, Ekpo Esua Ekpo, Gabriel Umoh and Faith okon, have completed the designing, fabrication, production and testing of an unmanned aerial vehicle (Drone).
This project commenced in January 2017 and the drone made its debut flight in November 2017.