Engineering Design
Josh Atencio

The Future Is Here:  EHANG 184 The Human Drone



Drones have been around for many years. A few years ago multi-rotor drones had come on to the scene (Quad copters). They mostly just fly around with cameras pissing people off or sometimes recording porn by Ghost + Cow Films.

Recently programmers have made these drones autonomous. The way it works is you log into the drone’s app using your smart phone or tablet/ laptop. Within that app you set a virtual perimeter for your drone to operate with-in to execute a patrol function. This is useful for geological monitoring and security; in fact some cities are developing the technology to have these drones operate primarily in “patrol mode”. Then using carefully placed “microphones” that are positioned strategically throughout a ‘zoned’ area that detect sounds such as a gun shots. Using its software it compiles the audio data from all of its microphones in order to triangulate the exact location of the sound / gun shot. This all happens with-in a fraction of a second and immediately the drone is programmed to head right over to that location and begin recording video and audio and to minimally function as a first responder.

We’ve all seen the videos of these tiny FPV drones flying with incredible speed and agility DRONE RACING and it’s easy to imagine these things being scaled up in size and to have them as vehicles people can use to travel with. While we were wondering about that Huazhi Hu Founder and CEO, EHANG Inc was designing and creating the 184 ( 1 Passenger, 8 Rotors, 4 Arms) a Quadcopter That Flies People. Currently they have a physical working proof of concept and they have raised $42M in Series B Financing.


It’s likely that work being done to mass automate transportation by Google, Tesla, and countless other companies and military agencies will make this a fairly easy permitting and mass exception process in order for these line of site “hop” cars to become a after thought. Currently the 184 has 12 min of travel time but that is expected to increase significantly making travel faster, easier and certainly much more fun.