Drones are one of the great innovations of present day technology. They help in reaching to places where it is not easier for humans to reach like sites of disaster zones. Amazon even started delivering orders with drone; people get a totally new experience of things around them with drones.
Till now drones were small in size and just were not meant to carry huge payloads, but now a Chinese manufacturer, Ehang Inc. has shown Ehang 184. Ehang 184 was shown off at this year’s CES in Las Vegas. The new drone looks like a cute mini helicopter, but the difference is Ehang 184 has four propellers which spin parallel to ground as like other drones.
Ehang 184 is electric powered and can be charged fully in two hours, can fly for 23 minutes with a maximum load of 100kg. The cabin for Ehang 184 has enough space for one person and a backpack. It also has a reading light as well, and the drone’s propellers are foldable so you can park it in a single parking space. The drone can fly at a height of 300m to 500m of the ground, and can achieve a maximum altitude is 3.5km with a top speed of 100km/hr.
Operating the drone is pretty simple just set the flight plan, and only two commands to give say – ‘Take off’ and you are in air, say ‘Land’ and the drone will land on the ground. Other than this the passenger has no other controls over the drone.
Company is planning to sell Ehang 184 for $200,00 to $300,000 this year, but there may be some issues, as authorities are laying down guidelines for flying drones. So certainly a drone with a human in it would raise more concerns and eyebrows from the authorities.
Derrick Xiong, the chief marketing officer, told that the drone has taken more than 100 flights and in some cases with human travelling on board. This quadcopter is more safe than a conventional helicopter due to its numerous propellers. Even if three arms with six propellers fail at the same time the fourth arm with its working propellers would ensure a rough landing by spiralling down the ground.
What do you think of such drone would you be interested in such a device considering the price and other issues related with the new Ehang 184 drone.
Via: The Guardian