Ehang 184

An autonomous drone for people

#4 Product of the DayJanuary 07, 2016
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This may sound slightly ignorant... But what's the difference between this and a helicopter?
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HunterHiring
@katesegrin I don't know much about it, but this one is much lighter (I assume electric) and flies itself :-) http://mashable.com/2016/01/06/e...
HunterHiring
@katesegrin Ryan just asked the exact same thing ahah
@nivo0o0 @katesegrin that's because great minds think alike 😉😺 cc @rrhoover
Wait, isn't this just a helico... 😜 Whatever it is, this is really neat. In @fitztepper's TC article, he says: "The drone is about 4.5 feet tall, weights 440 pounds, and will be able to carry a single passenger for 23 minutes at a speed of 60MPH." But what's most compelling about this is that it's autonomous. Passengers simply enter a destination and sit. I hope Uber buys them. 😉
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I expect to see it used in the next James Bond. He will just slide out of it and begin skiing down the mountain while the explosion of the ehang starts an avalanche the consumes all the bad guys but JB manages to escape... LIKE A BOSS
HunterHiring
The Ehang 184 is one of the coolest things I've seen. It does, after all, make sense to make drones bigger have have them fly themselves :) More signs that the future is here, just not evenly distributed yet ;)
@nivo0o0 I think it's a little too early to say the future is here - all we've seen so far are renders, I don't believe that this thing can actually fly. Power/weight on electric motors isn't that good.
I went through the website without realising this is the size of a Smart car.
I think "absolute safety by design" could be slightly optimistic...