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Chinese unleash autonomous airborne taxi

Where's my bloody flying car? Here it is, sort of

By Lester Haines, 8 Jan 2016

The "where's my bloody flying car?" protesters among you should take heart that the world may be a 23-minute autonomous flight closer to the reality of personal airborne transport with the unveiling of the EHang 184 "autonomous aerial vehicle".

The 200kg EHang 184 promises to "achieve humanity’s long-standing dream of easy, everyday flight for short-to-medium distances" by lifting up to 100kg of passenger using four pairs of counter-rotating propellers.

The EHang

No pilot's licence is required, and once you've tapped in your destination via the idiot-proof interface, you're away - assuming your destination is within the 23 minutes' maximum flight time at a top speed of 100km/h.

The EHang control interface

If the thing ever gets off the ground, the plan is to have EHang swarms monitored from a central command HQ, the better to avoid inclement weather, Amazon delivery drone fleets, shotgun-wielding Kentucky vigilantes, and so forth.

Those of you wishing to cast a critical eye over the EHang's specs are directed here. ®

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