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At the beginning of this week, 40 persons, among them the vice major of the South China Provincial Council, queued in Guangzhou to get a foretaste of the traffic ahead - an autonomic flying taxi. Ehang 184 drone flown the occupants on round voyages of up to 15 kilometers, some reached the maximum velocity of 130 kilometers per hour. 130 kilometers per second.
Ehang 184's highly acclaimed crewed aircraft are coming as technological firms and government agencies look for new ways to optimize city traffic and portability. Enterprises such as Uber and Didi and Alphabet daughter Waymo are piloting autonomic riding techniques that they believe will enhance road saftey. The shared use of autonomic automobiles could also make the need for owning automobiles superfluous.
In order to use the Ehang drone, travellers enter their route into the steering system, press a key and the drone takes them there. Currently, the electrically operated flying taxi has a finite cruising distance, but Ehang said it was strong enough to handle storms and even typhoons. If something goes wrong, a remote-controlled man can take over the drone controls from a central controller.
Über is also investigating the construction of flying automobiles and is planning to introduce an airport taxi by 2020. About CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said Tuesday in front of an investors' meeting in Tokyo that he can see the commercialisation of Uber Airlines' airport taxi services in five to ten years. Tesla CEO Elon Musk last weeks was given the go-ahead to build Washington DC tunnel for his nominated DC - New York Hyperteloop - an ultra-fast subterranean transportation system in which travelers ride in stand-alone electricalods at speeds in excess of 600mph.
UAVs such as the Ehang 184, which transport passengers by plane, could also help alleviate road traffic overload and reinforce the tendency towards more parking. Although no further detail is known, the firm has indicated that it has a plan for a flying taxi ride. In 2016, Ehang presented its drone for the first market launch at the electronic industry fair in Las Vegas (CES), even though many thought the drone was just a fantasy.
"We' ve been designing and debugging aircraft technologies for some considerable amount of now, and we' re at last on the test phase for the drone," Hu said this past Monday. However, the airline does not yet have a specific timetable for when its UAVs will be operational and is currently working on the addition of additional hand control options to give pilots the option to choose to fly their vehicles by hand.
"It will be a secure means of transportation that humans will actually be able to use in the future," Hu said. The Ehang company opposes companies like the German Volocopter, which has designed a flying taxi with 18 rotor blades called Volocopter VX. The Volocopter V2X briefly crashed over a platform during an Intel keyboard session at this year's CES.
However, not everyone is sure that the moment has come for independent aviation, whether with flying automobiles or unmanned aerial vehicles. Just think of the power requirements and the amount of sound produced - only a normal drone is really loud," says Chua Chwee Kan, IDC' s Chua Chwee Kan, Senior Research Manager for Big File and AI.
Tesla would even say that such cars are hazardous because parts falling on humans can hurt or slay them. "Obviously I like to fly things," said McMusk last year in an Interview with Bloomberg. "However, it is hard to believe that the flying vehicle will become a scaleable one.