Two very disruptive technologies and come together to finally give us what was promised by science fiction writers as far back as the 1950’s. The first is electric drive technology that has matured with the electric vehicle industry and the second is artificial intelligence science that has spawned the autonomous vehicle industry.
So what have these technologies made possible? The flying taxi of-course. There are several enterprising engineers that have formed companies and are actually developing flying cars for the mass market.
Lets take a look at one of them – EHang and the 184 electric flying taxi.
EHang is headquartered in Guangzhou with branches in California, Düsseldorf, Beijing and Shanghai. Inspired by the mission of “Let humankind fly freely like a bird”. They started as a smart drone company but have basically scaled up their technology to be able to handle human passenger.
Artificial intelligence science is used to provide a menu of places for the passenger to pick to go as well as to control flight, landings and take-offs. So really you do not need a pilots license or even know about flying. Just get in the Ehang 184 electric flying taxi, tell it where you want to go, and go…
Electric motors drive the all electric flying taxi
Since the 184 electric flying taxi is electric, as long as you charge it from renewable sources such as wind, wave,geothermal or solar, you will have zero impact on the air quality or global co2 levels. In fact you will be avoiding what you would have used with a commercial airline or non-electric vehicle.
All the specification of the EHang 184 flying taxi.
About the Ehang 184 Autonomous Flying Vehicle.
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The 184 AAV is designed with full redundancy. If one set of the power system are operating abnormal, the vehicle can still operate a normal flight plan and ensure the safety of the passenger together with the vehicle. The 184 was designed to be a 100% with green technology, and is powered by electricity only.
The 184 AAV has embedded with Ehang fail safe system. If any components malfunction or disconnect, the aircraft will immediately land in the nearest possible area to ensure safety. The communication is encrypted and each AAV has its independent key.
Here is the latest video of the electric flying taxi being used to deliver toys to kids at Christmas.
So the days of standing a street corner and flagging a taxi are not over, For sure land taxi’s will soon also be driver-less, but if you you may be able to use a service like Uber to call a flying taxi!