The AAV is designed to fly for maximum 30 minutes at a maximum cruising speed of 160 km/h. The ascending / descending speed is about 6 meters per second and the landing speed is 4m/s. The AAV measures 3.9 m in length, 4.02 m in width and 1.60 m in height. It weighs about 250 kg and 360 with a passenger. The AAV is designed to operate under all climatic conditions unless there is a thunderstorm. The vehicle is fitted with highly accurate sensors with a very low-error threshold and can resist vibrations and extreme temperatures. “The AAV exhibited at the World Government Summit is not just a model, it is a real version that we have already experimented the vehicle in a flight in Dubai sky. RTA is making every effort to start the operation of the AAV in July 2017,”
- Autonomous Aerial Vehicle (AAV), Roads and Transport Authority (RTA)
- Can Pick-up & Drop-off Passengers.
- Can Carry 100 Kgs + Small Suitcase.
- Operates within an area of 40 – 50 Kilometers.
- Can travel at a Speed up to 100 Kilometer per Hour.
The flying vehicle, called the Ehang 184, isn’t just a test model, it’s the real version that we have already experimented the vehicle in a flight in Dubai sky, that will be used to transport people through the sky. A ground-based centre will control the operation to ensure everything runs smoothly. The cars will be controlled by a central command centre, meaning passengers can just sit back and enjoy the ride. They won’t be long-distance options, however, with the vehicles having a battery time of around 30 minutes and an ability to cover an area of 40 to 50 kilometers. The RTA stressed that the vehicles, which can reach up to 160 kilometres an hour, can survive malfunctioning.
Dubai is all set to get futuristic transport, with “regular operations” for passenger drones starting as soon as July 2017. Passengers can get in and pick a preset destination from the quadcopter, and get transported. The Ehang 184 will ferry a single person up to 31 miles (50km) and it will do so autonomously, relying on a user-programmed destination and 4G communication with a ground-based control room.
How will it work?
The EHang 184 will be pre-programmed to course at 100 km per hour at a height of 300 metros. The one-passenger vehicle will allow the seater to select a destination for the taxi to take off, travel the route, and halt at the destination which will be controlled by a remote centre on the ground.
How will it recharge?
The prototype, manufactured by Chinese drone manufacturer EHang, will take up to two hours to rejuvenate and make trips that last for 30 minutes. Powered by eight propellers, the quad-copter comes equipped with highly accurate sensors. The quad is highly resistant to the extremities of temperature as Dubai is not unknown for its scorching summers.