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Las Vegas - Chinese Drone Maker Unveils Human-carrying Drone

Published on: January 6, 2016 11:03 PM
By: AP
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The EHang 184 autonomous aerial vehicle is unveiled at the EHang booth at CES International, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, in Las Vegas. The drone is large enough to fit a human passenger. (AP Photo/John Locher)The EHang 184 autonomous aerial vehicle is unveiled at the EHang booth at CES International, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, in Las Vegas. The drone is large enough to fit a human passenger. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Las Vegas - Chinese drone maker Ehang (EE’-hang) has unveiled what it calls the world’s first drone capable of carrying a human passenger.

The company pulled the cloth off the Ehang 184 at the Las Vegas Convention Center during the CES gadget show Wednesday. In a company video showing it flying, it looks like a small helicopter but with four doubled propellers spinning parallel to the ground like other drones.

According to Ehang, the electric-powered drone can carry up to 220 pounds and fly for 23 minutes at sea level. The cabin fits one person and a small backpack and even has air conditioning and a reading light.

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U.S. authorities are just starting to lay out guidelines for drone use, and a human-passenger drone seems certain to face strict scrutiny.

People crowd around the EHang 184 autonomous aerial vehicle at the EHang booth at CES International, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, in Las Vegas. The drone is large enough to fit a human passenger. (AP Photo/John Locher)People crowd around the EHang 184 autonomous aerial vehicle at the EHang booth at CES International, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, in Las Vegas. The drone is large enough to fit a human passenger. (AP Photo/John Locher)


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 Jan 07, 2016 at 12:31 AM Aron1 Says:

Quite an elaborate & expensive way to commit suicide and cause mayhem.

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 Jan 07, 2016 at 07:17 AM allmark Says:

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Aron1 Says:

Quite an elaborate & expensive way to commit suicide and cause mayhem.

Why?

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 Jan 07, 2016 at 07:53 AM LionofZion Says:

Isn't the definition of drone not having a passenger?

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 Jan 07, 2016 at 11:45 AM anonymous Says:

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Aron1 Says:

Quite an elaborate & expensive way to commit suicide and cause mayhem.

Rich Muslim countries will be the first to buy them and get their job... done better.

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