Why fly a drone when you can fly inside one?


The Chinese drone maker unveiled a high-flying 500 lb. drone, which in theory would also be able to serve as an autonomous transportation vehicle for real humans — at CES on Wednesday. The Ehang 184 is a giant but elegantly designed drone; according to the company, it can transport one person at approximately 100 kilometers (62 miles) per hour on a roughly 23-minute trip. It can hold about 100 kg (220 lbs).SEE ALSO: 9 technologies to watch in 2016An app plans your trip; simply select your destination and get in, and the drone takes off. A fail safe system will protect the consumer, and if any of the systems fail, the drone will either go into hover mode or find a safe landing spot. IMAGE: ELIZABETH PIERSON/MASHABLEThe all-electric drone has four arms, eight propellors, eight motors and two sets of sensors — as well as a redundancy to ensure safety in bad weather (or perhaps in case one set of sensors fails). Its website says that although the device is thunderstorm-proof, the command center will prohibit the vehicle from takeoff during extreme weather conditions.There’s one main caveat, of course: The Ehang 184 is not legal the U.S. yet. The Ehang 184 is not legal the U.S. yet. Ehang cofounder and CFO Shang Wen Hsiao told Mashable that they’re in contact with the FAA, which requires 28 hours of flight time to check air worthiness. The vehicle would take off and land vertically at pre-set targets.

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