Pilotless Drone, Capable of Carrying One Person, Unveiled in Las Vegas
Chinese company reveal aerial ambitions at CES
The Consumer Electronics Show, best known as CES, is the annual January event at the Las Vegas Exhibition Centre where start ups and established companies can showcase new products, with everything from the Pebble Smartwatch through to the Xbox having been launched there in recent years.
This year was no different with thousands of new gadgets on display 6th – 9th January. The 2016 star of the show was the world’s first foray into consumer autonomous aerial vehicles, with Chinese company Ehang unveiling its Ehang 184 multi-rotor pilotless passenger aircraft – think toy video drone scaled-up for a maximum payload of 100kg.
The Ehang 184 works through inputing directions into a smartphone, and then relaxing (if possible) as it whisks the passenger off to their destination.
The cockpit is air conditioned and WiFi-enabled. Once issues surrounding the use of such ground-breaking technology are addressed, the company envisages those brave enough to be able to take to the skies for somewhere between $200,000 and $300,000.