Awesome idea but still cost prohibitive for the common consumer. Can't wait to fly in one once, or if, the cost comes down. It has a long way to go to compete with ultra-light aircraft that don't require a pilots license or even light aircraft that only require the new sport license. It's niche seems to be that passengers don't have to actually fly the thing, but it still costs more than some light and ultra-light aircraft. No pun intended, but the sky is the limit if it can gain consumer confidence. Military uses would be a good starting point before trying the public I think. But it is exciting.
Drone my ass. You're all low IQ, ignorant illiterates in my opinion. It's a Quad rotor, it lifts off, hovers and fly in all direction exactly like a helicopter. So, how the fuck does it become a drone? You're certainly mentally sick to the point of having lost the ability of thinking clearly on the difference of this machine. There is no such thing as drone, the word is not a name, not a machine or whatever your sick brains tell you it is. Drone means one thing and that is a certain continuous and annoying sound. Anything else is bullshit. Stop following the illiterate sheep, cretins.
The HUGE problem for MANY MANY people is going to pertain to the SECURITY of the radio control ...obviously IF someone hacks into the thing? The passengers could DIE or be held hostage somewhere...until they secure ALL networks NO logical person is getting the warm and fuzzies over this ...I might feel better IF the bird was entirely COMPLETELY disconnected from radio control while I am onboard! Just pre programmed instruction and ALL flight control via onboard cpu
So what do you do after reaching your destination? Who is going to recharge it? These are too expensive for most, so will this operate as a taxi service? It's all very well knowing where any other of your drones are, but what about avoiding other traffic that you don't control (such as ultralights)?
If people would have had the mindset that one finger couldn't be hurt in testing, we would never have airplanes today.. watch some old footage from 1915, you'll see what I'm talking about.. SMH people today have no danger left in them at all.. sit at home safe from the mean old world and watch TV
Check out the Surefly passenger carrying drone. They have a 2 seater craft. That craft is a little different tho. The first model will be piloted by a passenger, but eventually they plan to have models that will be automated like with the ehang. Also, the Surefly is not battery operated. It is powered by a small gas engine that will generate electricity to run the motors. It has batteries installed, but they will only come into play in the event that the gas engine dies. The battery system will have enough power and life that it can bring the craft safely to the ground. The Surefly also has a ballistic parachute installed.
One person? 200k - 300k? Two parking lot spaces? Lol this definitely isn't an efficient form of transportation nor will it be in the future...look at a simple mechanical bicycle, fits one person, cost a few hundred or less, uses little space
Actually, you and the several people who all stated that same erroneous info, are incorrect. A drone is an aircraft without a Human pilot aboard. It can have a Human payload, as long as they aren't piloting/controlling it. It's all about what controls and pilots it, not what is being transported by it.
This thing will sell for sure. A heli for $300k...absolutely. The idea of collision avoidance from some central location is different to say the list. Not sure that will work too well. One of the beauties of flying is being free in the air. But who knows. Those props look pretty dangerous. Why not have them above the cockpit I wonder.
Airline executives and the FAA are already in the planning process to make airline pilots obsolete within the next 10 years, especially for long Int'l flights. There are literally 4+ people (half a million in total salaries) just sleeping or sitting up there for hours on end doing what automation could very easily do. Takeoff, cruise, landing are already fully automated. Airlines save money, compete at much lower costs, and since 90% of accidents are caused by pilot error, it would be safer.
In my opinion this release to the public is way to premature. They need to continue innovating and get safety up to snuff and flight time to a reasonable distance and be able to carry us fat Americans with maybe another 150lbs to boot. This right now is a rich mans toy. Not practical. I do applaud them though.
So basically they are selling us a motorcycle that will only get you 23 minutes of riding time. You can't haul much if anything depending on your body weight. No doubt these are expensive so it may be you sole means of transport. I live 100 miles away from 3 major cities and It won't get me to ANY OF THEM.
I've watched several documentaries about the ehang 184, and read a lengthy article about it. When the guy was tapping the screen, he was not saying that "you can just tap the screen and it'll take you wherever you want to go...like this. (tap tap tap)". I think he was merely showing that it has an interactive video screen that the passenger uses. This initial system in Dubai will be very limited and very controlled. There will several pre-determined landing areas around town that one must go to to fly in this thing. The passenger need only tell the craft which pad it needs to fly to, and the craft does the rest. It wont come to your house and pick you up in your driveway. Eventually i'm sure they plan to be able to pick up people at their homes, or to have it fly to whatever address you desire like with uber, but the initial system will be very limited as to where you can fly from or to. In another of your comments you mentioned that a 23 or 30 min run time isn't good enough. Well, the flight times from takeoff to landing will only be an average of 15 min. Since it will be flying at a decent speed, a 30 min capacity is plenty long enough. Then it only takes 25 min to fully recharge the batteries, and it'll be read to go again. No doubt that as battery technology improves, they will be able to extend out the length of the flights to much longer...like 30 min or even an hour eventually. Just initially, the battery's capacity is 30 min, with the average flight being around 15 min.
The props wont operate if anyone is within a certain distance. Not until you are on board and buckled in will they start turning. Then, when you arrive at the destination, the props will instantly shut down and stop when it it lands. That way nobody will have any amputations. Frankly, I'm a little surprised that you wouldn't assume there was a safety factor figured into the operation of the craft. I shouldn't have to explain it to you.
This craft is good for fire escape purpose. Placed one or two on roof top of tall buildings ; when fire comes, sit inside and fly to building nearby, return, pick another one and fly again. Think about that.
that's monopoly in the air and air system. still dangerous because you can not manually control it. nor full of sensor for safety.
1. voice control is much better.
2. access control for speed and maneuvers is very important in safety and etc...
3. surrounded multiple camera with night vision for safety just in case for trees n structures at night.
4. visual purposes light for safety if manual mode is ready
5. too much budget for a little idea.
6. you can't manipulate monopoly in the air due to the known vision you have. your not the only person with resources.
7. you are just applying a bigger drone to fit human. as simple as abc.
so please be more innovative and practical.
remember you are still using a propeller :(
Awesome. Can't wait to have drone transports replace cars. I no longer buy cars because I EXPECT transports.
Drone mail delivery. Drone package delivery. Drone garbage removal. Drone grocery delivery. Drone pet carrier. Drone child carrier. No more road building. No more crumbling bridges.
Give me my drone service !
the next big thing!! no doubt but,,,, now transport Canada will have to get involved by regulating every square inch of this commodity marvel. Permits, licenses, mandatory training classes, endless fees and so on.. in the end the operating cost will have double and every ones bubble will be burst... can you imagine running a taxi fleet of these..
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