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Self-driving vehicle takes to the skies in Dubai

17 February 2017

Ehang 184 is a safe, smart and eco-friendly autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) that aims on improving medium to short distance transportation solutions.

Ehang 184 (Credit: Ehang)

Ehang has been designed with 100 percent green technology and is powered only by electricity. Made from carbon fibre and epoxy, it mirrors what is currently being used for spacecraft’s to make them light and strong.

Each vehicle has an intrinsically embedded fail safe system which means that if any components malfunction, the vehicle will immediately land in the nearest possible area. Each vehicle has an independent key for security and all communication is encrypted. 

Ehang flies in an inverted U shape. Each landing target is pre-set with an Ehang logo and the landing camera helps position the vehicle with accuracy. 


• Weight: 240kg
• Maximum output: 152kw (it has eight motors)
• Cruising duration above sea level: 25 minutes
• Rated payload: 100kg
• Average cruising speed: 60km/h
• Maximum designed flight height: 300m above sea level
• Charging time: 2-4 hours

Now, Ehang and the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced a partnership at the fifth World Government Summit to jointly promote and introduce the EHang 184 autonomous aerial vehicle into Dubai, the city with the aim to build the world's most intelligent transportation system.

Mattar Al Tayer, the General Manager and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority, spoke highly of EHang 184 and said that RTA has already tested the vehicle in Dubai at the test site of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA). Test flights have been carried out especially at deserts and coastal environments to complete a number of adaptive aviation flight test subjects. During the trials, DCAA has made supportive contribution in defining the safety criteria required, issuing the permits for trial and inspecting the vehicle.

Mattar Al Tayer said: “The trial run of the first AAV is in implementation of the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to transform Dubai into the smartest city in the world. It is also part of RTA’s endeavours to provide self-driving transport through engaging in the technological tests of self-driving vehicles under Dubai environment. It replicates Dubai Self-driving Transport Strategy aimed at transforming 25 percent of total individual trips in Dubai into self-driving trips using various modes of transport by 2030. The step would also enhance the integration between public transport modes and people happiness through the provision of smooth, quick and innovative mobility.”

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