Chinese drone maker Ehang Inc. Unveiled World's first drone capable of carrying a human passenger.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Chinese drone maker Ehang Inc. on Wednesday unveiled what it calls the world's first drone capable of carrying a human passenger.

The Guangzhou, China-based company pulled the cloth off the Ehang 184 at the Las Vegas Convention Center during the CES gadget show. In a company video showing it flying, it looks like a small helicopter but with four doubled propellers spinning parallel to the ground like other drones.

The electric-powered drone can be fully charged in two hours, carry up to 220 pounds and fly for 23 minutes at sea level, according to Ehang. The cabin fits one person and a small backpack and even has air conditioning and a reading light. With propellers folded up, it's designed to fit in a single parking spot.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-3387777/Chinese-drone-m... 

I wonder if it uses PixHawk? Comments? 

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Comment by HeliStorm on January 6, 2016 at 5:28pm
This would likely be an ultralight in the U.S. and not requiring licensing or registration. Oh, the irony. Anyone have a couple hundred k to lend me?
Comment by Muscate on January 6, 2016 at 5:41pm

So anything electric with more than 2 propellers is a "drone" now?

I mean cmon its a helicopter.

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on January 6, 2016 at 6:03pm

Wow.

Just Wow.

Comment by earthpatrol on January 6, 2016 at 6:06pm

Does it actually fly or has it been flown with a human inside? Be interested to see that video?

Comment by Darius Jack on January 6, 2016 at 6:32pm

Hey man,

you can fly it right now

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vGd1Oy7Cw0

Comment by Joe Renteria on January 6, 2016 at 6:45pm
I drive an electric car. And it can fly...
Comment by Darius Jack on January 6, 2016 at 6:55pm

#Ehang184

is No.1 Hit on CES2016

and on Twitter #Ehang184

Comment by Patrick Duffy on January 6, 2016 at 7:15pm

I am getting one for Christmas next year. Already told my wife.


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Comment by Randy on January 6, 2016 at 7:30pm

"A passenger would have no controls as a backup. In the event of a problem the company plans a remote control center that would take over the vehicle and ensure it lands safely."
No thank you!

This is not the first drone capable of carrying a person in any case.  There was the bouncy ball one from Germany, the Volocopter and that team from Hungary with the huge Y6.

Comment by Patrick Duffy on January 6, 2016 at 7:45pm

No manual control, no fun. What about drone racing with it? 

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