The drone debate continues to rage on as issues of privacy cloud the future of these publicly-available aircrafts.
Chinese drone maker Ehang Inc. made the debate all the more interesting Wednesday when they revealed the world’s first drone capable of carrying a human passenger.
The Ehang 184 was shown to the masses at the Las Vegas Convention Center during the most recent CES gadget show. In looks similar to a helicopter; instead of one propeller on top, it has four doubled propellers spinning parallel to the ground like other drones.
It’s fully electric-powered, and can fly for about 23 minutes on full charge. It can carry one person (up to 220lbs), and has a couple of amenities including A/C, and a reading light.
The controls are simple enough, so you don’t need a helicopter license to fly this bad boy. After inputting a flight plan, passengers only need to give two commands: “take off” and “land,” each controlled by a single click on a Microsoft Surface tablet.
Ehang co-founder and Chief Financial Officer Shang Hsiao said the company hopes to sell the device for $200,000 to $300,000.
He’d like to start selling to the public this year, but recognizes the aforementioned legal logistics: “The whole world never had something like this before,” he said.