In 2019, Chinese self-driving aircraft company Ehang launched a drone taxi for the first time in Europe. Developed by Ehang and Austrian company FACC, the Ehang 216 flew for a test flight in Vienna, Austria on April 4, 2019.
After 2 years of completion, on April 26, the electric flying vehicle (AAV) successfully performed a test flight when carrying 2 passengers in Fuzhou, China.
The nation of billions of people is promoting the adoption of new transportation technologies, such as self-driving cars, to help deal with congested roads in major cities. If Ehang is successfully launched, China will become the first country in the world to have a fleet of electric, autonomous flying taxis serving daily commuters.
To use this electric self-driving flying taxi, users must first enter the flight path into the control system, then simply press a button. This drone will automatically take off and follow the route.
Ehang 216 can travel within 30km, speed up to 130km per hour, stable enough to fly even in thunderstorm or stormy conditions. In the event something went wrong, a human pilot in the company’s control center would remotely take over the self-driving system.