The MEGADRONE big enough to carry a passenger

A Chinese drone maker has revealed a giant quadcopter big enough to fit a passenger.

EHang claims to be building the world’s first ‘Autonomous Aerial Vehicle’ for transporting people.

Unveiled at CES in Las Vegas and called the 184, the all-electric vehicle has four arms with a total of eight propellers at the end.

h/t MW

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Many years ago, when I made and launched model rockets as a kid, I speculated to my father how cool it would be to have a giant rocket that I could also make and fly in.
    Because he was an aerospace engineer, he told me that good toys don’t always scale to safe and sane means of human conveyance.

    In any event, I hope this thing comes with its own automatically deployed recovery parachute.

    • I tried to build my own hang glider as a kid. Had to steal most of my stuff too.

      Ahhh to dream like a kid again.

    • Exile1981

      I used an exacto knife to cut up aluminium foil I had glued to construction papper. It took me weeks to cut enough but I launched it out of a special model rocket.

      Evidently the local airforce base I grew up beside took it badly. I ended up with a stern talking too. Now a days I’d likely go to jail.

  • FactsWillOut

    I wonder what kinda range and speed it’s got.
    Mass produced, they’re probably only worth 15 grand or so.
    This could be the flying car we’ve all been waiting for.

  • Oracle9

    I’ll take the two-seater version, with the air camping equipment compartment. Better than an old Cessna that’s for sure.

  • Exile1981

    It could have a use for remote rescue from ships at sea or other places where a full sized copter is too big to get in.

  • canminuteman

    This looks like a great idea, but I’m not getting in any flying machine built in China.

    • luna

      Flying vehicles are inherently dangerous. Vehicles that cannot glide like this will simply drop if there is any failure in the propulsion system.

  • Brett_McS

    Dang, far too many sleeps till next Christmas.

  • bargogx1

    Not quite a flying car, but close…

  • Minicapt
  • I find toy drones simply amazing. I had to exercise extreme discipline not to buy myself one this Xmas. Literally; I almost stepped into a toy shop. Kept telling myself, I didn’t realize you were returning to childhood at this late date, Avi – don’t be silly.

    I have been wondering how soon there will be quadcopters for ordinary citizens like me to fly in. I was surprised this was not being discussed. I see now there are efforts being made in this direction. It would be very difficult to generalize such flying vehicles. Traffic problems would be insurmountable, I think.

    • BradThomas

      Hovering solar powered traffic lights, perhaps? Heck, let’s go full Star Wars and have orbital restaurants and recharging stations in the heavens! OK, I’m being silly, but I suppose it’s not a huge stretch to think that that sort of thing will arrive eventually (assuming Islam doesn’t kill off science first).

      • Lol. Yes, I always say to myself, too, “assuming Islam doesn’t kill off science first.”