Aerial passenger taxi startup EHang flew its EHang 216 two-seat self-flying taxi autonomously in North Carolina’s final night time, a primary for the corporate each within the U.S. EHang, which is based in Guangzhou, China, has already demonstrated its automobile in flight at dwelling and numerous parts of Asia and Europe. However, that is the first time its drone has obtained approval to fly by the FAA. Ehang is now working towards extending that permit to flying with passengers on board, which is an essential requirement for EHang’s ultimate objectives of providing business service within the U.S.
This demonstration flight, which cleared in Raleigh, included flying North Carolina governor Roy Cooper on board the two-seat plane. Finally, EHang hopes to deploy these to be used throughout a variety of completely different industries for the transportation of each passenger and cargo alongside autonomous, quick-distance routes in and around city areas.
EHang had an active 2019, too — the corporation started buying and selling publicly on the Nasdaq in December. It additionally revealed plans to begin operating an aerial shuttle service in Guangzhou, with a pilot citywide drone taxi service meant to indicate off not solely its particular person autonomous car capabilities, but additionally, the way it can deploy and function several EHang taxi operating in live performance with one other and with other drone sharing the air area over the town.
Towards the top of 2019, EHang truly accomplished two trial flights of its 216 automobiles flying as an early move towards developing that pilot. The corporation has delivered around 40 of its planes to paying clients, too. If all goes to plan, by subsequent month, it would have accomplished a pilot program with the Civil Aviation Administration of China that may permit it to maneuver on to full approval of the airworthiness of its plane for industrial flight within the nation.