EHang 184 Autonomous Drone

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EHang, a China-based drone manufacturer, wants to take things to the next level with the 184. Not only can this thing fly itself, but it’s designed to carry a single passenger, who isn’t required to have a pilot’s license. There are no flight controls inside the cockpit, just a 12-inch display that’s pre-installed with software that lets you select a destination, before the automated flight system takes over. That’s right, it can manage air traffic communication, avoid obstacles, and select the most efficient path to your destination. A prototype, featuring a carbon fiber epoxy composite body and an aluminum alloy frame, was unveiled yesterday at CES 2016 in Las Vegas. The four arms and eight electric propellers produce 142-horsepower, and the bottom-mounted batteries hold 14.4 kWh of power, or 23-minutes of flight time at 3499m, with a maximum speed of 100 km/h. No word yet on pricing, but this should be available for purchase later this year. Click here to view the first image in today’s viral picture gallery. Continue reading to see the five most popular viral videos today, including one showing a mind-bending crossword magic trick.

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