The eHang 184
In Dubai, a drone called the eHang 184 has been introduced to the public! It is a Chinese model and was first seen at the 2016 CES tech fair. Even non-techy fans have been wowed by this amazing invention.
One thing that makes it stand out from all the other drones is that it has no controls – the front passenger just holds a digital map! The nominated person must tap on the screen to indicate where they want to go and the eHang 184 will take them exactly there!
Uber, Google and Amazon have already been set the challenge of developing drone technology!
It is said that it was built for military use, with air forces promised delivery by 2020. Carrying a load of up to 500kg, speeds of up to 100mph are promised but, at around £14 million, it won’t come cheap.
Cost apart, the big problem with this mode of transport is its very limited time in air of just 30 minutes before it’s ready for a re-charge! Landing areas will, therefore, need careful planning.
The eHang 184 is certainly capturing the imagination of the next generation of potential designers.
One Year 6 pupil said, “This sounds so cool! I would love to have a go, it would be an amazing experience because I have never travelled anywhere in the sky, not even on a plane!”
Another was heard to say, “Is this the way forward for the future? This could be really helpful to prevent traffic jams.”
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Molly C, Year 6
Heighington Millfield Primary Academy