Ehang without Drone pilot unveiled at CES 2016

Ehang without Drone pilot unveiled at CES 2016 -

There are many new technologies being shown in CES (Consumer Electronic Show) 2016. In addition to autonomous cars, autonomous drones will be average transportation in the future. Some companies have already submitted their idea of ​​what a drone supposedly, starting with drones able to start from the back of a truck to a drone that is designed to carry at least one passenger or packets. Ehang is one of the companies that do.

Ehang is a Chinese technology company specializing in the development of UAVs. In the CES, the company announced its latest unmanned drone named Ehang 184. It is an all-electric vehicle that is able to carry one passenger up to 10 miles or about 23 minutes of flight. The passenger does not need to do anything outside the entrance to their destination and enjoy the scenery.

Ehang 184 is able to take off, fly a route, detect obstacles and land. All these are performed independently. In an emergency, a human pilot should be able to take away the vehicle.

Ehang 184 was not approved to fly in the sky of America by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) and as such the live demonstration of the vehicle could not be made at CES 2016. However, in the video that is provided by the company, it is demonstrated that it has successfully fly in the sky of China, although there is no proof that there is a human gift during the flight.

there are still challenges to Ehang 184. One of them is how to make a human pilot to be able to support remote drone in the case where an emergency to land safely or how does it communicate with other devices and finally as it is only be able to fly about 23 minutes at sea level, so what is the maximum height that the drone will be able to function effectively.

According Sanjiv Singh, Ehang 184 is facing additional challenges it offers craft smaller and more delicate. He is a professor at Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute who also works on flying car project for DARPA and currently runs a start-up. He also mentioned that it is possible to design an autonomous drone that is able to avoid obstacles such as tree branches or power cables and navigate to the earth itself. Ehang 184 must be designed to be able to handle these obstacles whole.

different layers Amazon, on the other hand, proposed in the sky for different drone activity. Imagine a layer in the sky dedicated only for drones that carries packets while another layer in the sky dedicated to drones carrying passengers. That would be interesting. Google is also reported to work on a smaller and cheaper version of the ADS-B technology to autonomous aircraft to communicate with each other on their position. It is the same technology that is used for commercial aircraft.

Ehang promises to provide a complete working unit of the drone sometimes this year. However, the time for it to be approved by the FAA could take longer than that.

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