Chinese company to test passenger drone in Nevada

A drone capable of carrying a person was to be tested in the deserts of Nevada after US regulators granted permission to Chinese company Ehang, the China Daily reported Monday.

The Ehang 184 has the appearance of a quad drone scaled up to the size of a small helicopter, with a one-person cabin in the centre of the four-arm, eight-propeller structure.

It has no flight controls, but is operated by simply entering the destination. It is designed to take off, fly and land automatically.

The electric motors can keep it aloft for 23 minutes on a single charge and reach 3,300 metres off the ground, the report said.

The vehicle was presented in concept form at a trade fair in Las Vegas in January. Analysts say that a market release is years away.

Last update: Tue, 28/06/2016 - 17:25

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