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Chinese Passenger Drone Unveiled

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A 4ft (122cm)-tall drone capable of carrying a human passenger was unveiled at the Las Vegas CES tradeshow Wednesday. The Chinese EHang 184 is capable of carrying a passenger for 23 minutes at a speed of up to 60 mph (96 kph).

EHang claims the drone is the safest, eco-est and smartest low altitude autonomous aerial vehicle for short to medium distance travel. The drone will not allow users to fly manually; an automated destination input/delivery system is designed to eradicate human error.

EHang CEO Huazhi Hu lost his best friend and helicopter coach in a flight accident in 2011 and sought to create a safer way to fly locally.

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The EHang 184 cannot be legally tested in the US due to FAA regulations. Despite a Buy Now button on the companys website the drone is still unavailable for purchase.

Also unveiled at the Las Vegas tradeshow was the Parrot Disco, a fixed wing drone described as a grown-up version of a paper airplane.

Responsive drones have been a big theme at this years show, including the Yuneec Typhoon H which allows users to multitask while flying. It is also capable of detecting obstacles such as buildings or trees and avoids them automatically.