First ever passenger drone takes flight in China

By  | 

Lianyungang City, Jiangsu Province, China (Reuters) -- Chinese drone manufacturer EHang released long-awaited test footage of its EHang 184 passenger drone on Tuesday (February 6).

Chinese drone manufacturer EHang released long-awaited test footage of its EHang 184 passenger drone on Tuesday (February 6). The EHang 184 passenger drone runs on electric batteries. It can fly a single person weighing up to 100 kilograms (220 lbs.) Courtesy: EHANG / Reuters / CBS Newspath

The EHang 184 passenger drone runs on electric batteries. It can fly a single person weighing up to 100 kilograms for up to 23 minutes at sea level, at a speed of up to 60 miles per hour. The company has been testing the drone EHANG 184 since 2016.

The drones will reportedly cost between $US200,000 and $300,000 when eventually released.

Last year the city of Dubai announced a plan to cooperate with EHang to develop self-flying taxis taking people across the city.