So finally, the flying cars are here but in the shape of a drone. Confused!!! Don’t need to be. The US is testing its first fully human carrying drone in Nevada. This flying machine can carry one passenger and was shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
According to BBC, this Chinese developed drone can carry a single passenger at 96 kmph for 23 minutes. It is not yet sure whether it will carry a passenger during the test.
The drone has been named 184 and the Chinese company hopes to sell these from early next year if everything goes as planned.
184 weighs around 200 kg, is over 4 ft tall and consists of eight propellers. Once someone enters 184, they would enter their instructions on the touchscreen and then the automated drone works out the best route available. In an emergency, it would take off at the nearest available area.
The manufacturers are expected to price it between $200,000 to $300,000. The drone can only hit the market if it gets approval from the Federal Aviation Administration. So, the test has to be conducted successfully first.
Experts are however doubtful whether it will ever get off the ground. Drones will be more popular with cargos than people, simply because of safety and other reasons.
E-commerce giant Amazon has already planned to use drones to deliver their packages to customers in less than 30 minutes. We will first have to see how successful that project will be before turning to human carrying drone.