Imagine how much faster you could travel if you could fly or hop to your destination, rather than drive. Self-driving, unmanned drones may be the wave of future transportation in the future. The Ehang 184 was approved for testing in Las Vegas previously, and is now available for use in Dubai for personal transportation needs. The Ehang 184 will serve as a personal mini-helicopter taxi service, that can only hold one person at a time and fly them for up to 23 minutes. This drone has four motors underneath the body, just like a remote-controlled drone toy, which has gained traction for its ability to take cool videos and travel and unsurpassed speeds and heights. Both cities are aiming to adopt this to serve the cities’ growing transportation needs. The vehicle is electric-powered which makes it extremely good for the environment, and may eventually be a solution to end our dependency on petroleum for transportation. With just a two-hour charge, the drone can fly for up to 23 minutes at sea level. At higher elevations, the drone can travel with speeds up to 63 miles per hour for 10 minutes. Of course, this is the first self-flying drone intended for human transportation use, and thus, will be improved as new innovations are introduced in the drone industry. In order to fly from one place to another, all a passenger has to do is to use the app to select where they want to travel. The drone can’t fly directly anywhere, but must travel from one Ehang landing pad to another. The drone has been, and will be tested to ensure maximum safety before any passengers can fly. The drones are controlled by and monitored by traffic control on land, to ensure maximum safety for everyone involved. In the case of an emergency or malfunction, the drone is instructed to land to the nearest pad. Also, it uses encrypted channels to protect information from hackers.
The first drones were developed for the use of military for target practice in the 1930s. They are now used by the military to pursue targets in volatile areas, with advanced GPS, video, speed, and ammunition capabilities. They are widely used by news, production, photography, sports, and entertainment companies, who are able to get better footage easily as a result of flying to a destination without relying on a human to physically move video cameras. They were recently introduced as a toy and video camera, which caused many to worry about safety problems that may arise from anyone flying an aircraft, especially in heavily populated areas. Amazon, among other businesses, have begun to use drones to deliver products to customers, especially in rural areas. Soon, our skies may be bombarded with drones used for entertainment, transportation, and business purposes.