An autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV), developed by a Chinese company met the public Wednesday at the 4GameChangers Festival in Vienna, the Guangzhou-based EHang intelligent aerial vehicle company said.
The AAV, dubbed "air taxi," is like a large drone with eight arms and 16 propellers that can carry two passengers. With a designed speed of 130 km per hour and a flying duration of 15 to 30 minutes, it is aimed at providing medium-short distance transportation solutions.
The electric vehicle can be fully charged in an hour.
EHang has reached an agreement with its Austrian partner FACC aviation company to put the "air taxi" into mass production in Austria by 2020.
Robert Machtlinger, FACC's CEO, said it is possible that autonomous flying can be realized earlier than autonomous driving since street traffic is much more complicated than that in the air.
"This new, safe, green and efficient way to transport is coming to us at an incredible speed," said EHang's co-founder Derrick Xiong, adding that over 2,000 flights had been accomplished by the company's AAVs.
EHang launched AAV logistics delivery service in Guangzhou last June.