According to the Central Television of China, in the south of the country, in the province of Guangdong, successfully tested the world's first unmanned aerial vehicle EHang 184, which is designed to carry passengers.
Despite the fact that the tests were successful, the head of the EHang development company, Hu Huazhi, noted that at present it is not possible to make such flights completely autonomous, so the opportunity to use such UAVs in everyday life will not be presented soon.
According to the information provided by the developer, the drone runs on electric batteries, designed to carry one passenger weighing up to 100 kilograms. The drone’s flight altitude is 500 meters, and its maximum speed is 100 km per hour. The duration of the flight on a full charge of batteries is 25 minutes.
Despite the fact that the device has passed many tests and the availability of a number of safety systems, the developers cannot guarantee the complete safety of the passenger and believe that this is the stumbling block, because of which it is too early to talk about the serial use of such machines.
To date, it remains unknown how passenger UAVs will be controlled - from a single center or using the built-in program.