chinese drone maker ehang has completed the maiden flight of its ehang 216 two-seater passenger drone in three different korean locations — seoul, daegu and jeju island. the flight tour signifies the starting point to explore the urban air mobility (UAM) market in korea. 

during the flight tour, ehang brought the world’s leading UAM solution to korea, including passenger transportation, emergency medical service and aerial sightseeing. in seoul, ehang 216 took off from the centrally-located yeouido island and realized an autonomous flight over a densely populated area. the second flight was done in the suseong district, in daegu city, where it delivered a package containing a 119 fire emergency kits and AED materials. the last flight was done in jeju island, where the ehang 216 flew over the coastline to demonstrate the real use case of aerial sightseeing.

ehang 216's flying taxi completes its maiden flight in three korean locations

‘to tackle the traffic congestion, we will try our best to develop UAM and turn it into a new engine for our economic development,’ said kim dae-gweon, mayor of suseong district in daegu city.

ehang 216's flying taxi completes its maiden flight in three korean locations

the korean flight tour was completed after obtaining the first SAC (special certificate of airworthiness) issued for a passenger-grade AAV by MOLIT. respectively, the three flights demonstrated the practical use cases of ehang’s UAM solutions in different scenarios. successful completion of the maiden flight tour may lead to opportunities for future cooperation between ehang and its korean partners in potential UAM operations. ehang will work with its partners in potential smart city transformations with its leading AAV technologies.

ehang 216's flying taxi completes maiden flight in three korean locations

the ehang drone was first unveiled in las vegas during CES 2016 and the company has been testing its flying capabilities since 2018.

project info:

name: ehang 216 maiden flight

location: korea

company: ehang

juliana neira I designboom

nov 27, 2020

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