The world’s first drone capable of autonomously carrying a person may test-fly in Nevada later this year, the United States, Chinese Aerial Technology Company EHang Holdings Limited told Xinhua on Sunday.
The Chinese company based in China’s southern province of Guangdong and the state of Nevada are trying to make this happen by moving forward with testing the EHang 184 Autonomous Aerial Vehicle, the first drone to offer autonomous human flight over short-to-medium distances.
The state’s Institute for Autonomous Systems(NIAS) has already given the China’s company permission to test fly the drone. Ehang is now working closely with NIAS over the coming months to work through the UAS flight requirements.
“We will help guide EHang through the FAA regulatory process with the ultimate goal of achieving safe flight,” Tom Wilczek, an Aerospace and Defense Industry Specialist of the Governor’ s Office of Economic Development (GOED) told Xinhua early this month. He said that the program would take place at Nevada’s FAA-approved test site, one of six such drone-testing locations across the the United States.
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