At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2016) this week in Las Vegas, a Chinese company named EHang introduced the first publicly announced unmanned aircraft designed to carry a passenger. The company calls its Ehang 184 an Autonomous Aerial Vehicle, or AAV for short, and it is designed for short hops at low altitudes.
The all-electric aircraft was designed with four arms and eight propellers for redundancy, hence the number designation (one passenger, eight propellers and four arms). The 184 is designed to take off and land vertically. It is controlled through a tablet app that allows the operator to plot a course for the UAS to fly, take off, hover and land by simply touching buttons on the screen and fixes on a moving map. The map also shows the course and location of the EHang 184 in flight.
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