Aircraft

Autonomous Passenger Drone swoops onto the flying taxi scene

The range of the autonomous Passenger Drone is claimed to be around 20 miles (32 km/h)
The range of the autonomous Passenger Drone is claimed to be around 20 miles (32 km/h)
View 31 Images
These kinds of short-range pilotless aircraft could have huge ramifications for how people move around cities
1/31
These kinds of short-range pilotless aircraft could have huge ramifications for how people move around cities
The Passenger Drone is built from carbon fiber composites and features a total of 16 rotors
2/31
The Passenger Drone is built from carbon fiber composites and features a total of 16 rotors
Passenger Drone, which is built to carry people autonomously from point A to point B
3/31
Passenger Drone, which is built to carry people autonomously from point A to point B
The Passenger Drone is built from carbon fiber composites and features a total of 16 rotors
4/31
The Passenger Drone is built from carbon fiber composites and features a total of 16 rotors
The Passenger Drone will be on show at CES in January
5/31
The Passenger Drone will be on show at CES in January
These kinds of short-range pilotless aircraft could have huge ramifications for how people move around cities
6/31
These kinds of short-range pilotless aircraft could have huge ramifications for how people move around cities
The Passenger Drone comes equipped with a touchscreen that allows users to punch in their destination
7/31
The Passenger Drone comes equipped with a touchscreen that allows users to punch in their destination
The range of the autonomous Passenger Drone is claimed to be around 20 miles (32 km/h)
8/31
The range of the autonomous Passenger Drone is claimed to be around 20 miles (32 km/h)
The range of the Passenger Drone is claimed to be around 20 miles (32 km/h)
9/31
The range of the Passenger Drone is claimed to be around 20 miles (32 km/h)
The Passenger Drone is built from carbon fiber composites and features a total of 16 rotors
10/31
The Passenger Drone is built from carbon fiber composites and features a total of 16 rotors
The Passenger Drone will be on show at CES in January
11/31
The Passenger Drone will be on show at CES in January
The range of the Passenger Drone is claimed to be around 20 miles (32 km/h)
12/31
The range of the Passenger Drone is claimed to be around 20 miles (32 km/h)
The Passenger Drone comes equipped with a touchscreen that allows users to punch in their destination
13/31
The Passenger Drone comes equipped with a touchscreen that allows users to punch in their destination
Short-range pilotless aircraft like the Passenger Drone could have huge ramifications for how people move around cities
14/31
Short-range pilotless aircraft like the Passenger Drone could have huge ramifications for how people move around cities
The Passenger Drone comes equipped with a touchscreen that allows users to punch in their destination
15/31
The Passenger Drone comes equipped with a touchscreen that allows users to punch in their destination
The range of the Passenger Drone is claimed to be around 20 miles (32 km/h)
16/31
The range of the Passenger Drone is claimed to be around 20 miles (32 km/h)
These kinds of short-range pilotless aircraft could have huge ramifications for how people move around cities
17/31
These kinds of short-range pilotless aircraft could have huge ramifications for how people move around cities
The Passenger Drone is built from carbon fiber composites and features a total of 16 rotors
18/31
The Passenger Drone is built from carbon fiber composites and features a total of 16 rotors
The Passenger Drone 
19/31
The Passenger Drone 
The Passenger Drone 
20/31
The Passenger Drone 
The Passenger Drone 
21/31
The Passenger Drone 
The range of the Passenger Drone is claimed to be around 20 miles (32 km/h)
22/31
The range of the Passenger Drone is claimed to be around 20 miles (32 km/h)
These kinds of short-range pilotless aircraft could have huge ramifications for how people move around cities
23/31
These kinds of short-range pilotless aircraft could have huge ramifications for how people move around cities
The range of the Passenger Drone is claimed to be around 20 miles (32 km/h)
24/31
The range of the Passenger Drone is claimed to be around 20 miles (32 km/h)
The Passenger Drone comes equipped with a touchscreen that allows users to punch in their destination
25/31
The Passenger Drone comes equipped with a touchscreen that allows users to punch in their destination
The Passenger Drone is built from carbon fiber composites and features a total of 16 rotors
26/31
The Passenger Drone is built from carbon fiber composites and features a total of 16 rotors
The field of flying taxis is one that is starting to fill up
27/31
The field of flying taxis is one that is starting to fill up
These kinds of short-range pilotless aircraft could have huge ramifications for how people move around cities
28/31
These kinds of short-range pilotless aircraft could have huge ramifications for how people move around cities
The Passenger Drone is built from carbon fiber composites and features a total of 16 rotors
29/31
The Passenger Drone is built from carbon fiber composites and features a total of 16 rotors
The Passenger Drone will be on show at CES in January
30/31
The Passenger Drone will be on show at CES in January
The field of flying taxis is one that is starting to fill up
31/31
The field of flying taxis is one that is starting to fill up

The field of flying taxis is one that is starting to fill up. Joining the likes of the Ehang 184 and Volocopter is the newly announced Passenger Drone, which is built to help usher in an era of personal aerial transportation by autonomously carrying people from point A to point B.

Just like the Ehang 184 and Volocopter, the Passenger Drone comes equipped with a touchscreen that allows users to punch in their destination and then have the autonomous software take care of the actual flying. These kinds of short-range pilotless aircraft could have huge ramifications for how people move around cities, and nowhere is keener than Dubai to see how they fare, this week kicking off trials of the Volocopter with tests of Ehang's personal taxi drone also in the pipeline.

The makers of the Passenger Drone tell us they are currently testing the vehicle in Europe and have carried out manned flights with one person onboard. The aircraft is built from carbon fiber composites and features a total of 16 rotors, each powered by its own electric motor. There is also a joystick should it need to be flown manually, and two passenger seats, one behind the other.

These kinds of short-range pilotless aircraft could have huge ramifications for how people move around cities
These kinds of short-range pilotless aircraft could have huge ramifications for how people move around cities

"Range is 30 to 35 mins with speed of 30 to 35 knots (34 to 40 mph)," Passenger Drone's Peter Delco explains to New Atlas. "These are the realistic numbers. There are other VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) projects out there promising hours of flying in the air but it is just impossible with current battery technology. So range is around 20 miles (32 km)."

This kind of range should be plenty enough for the kind of trips imagined for the Passenger Drone, one day helping to alleviate traffic by simply hoisting urban folk over the top of it. Like all VTOL projects, there is obviously a ways to go before the Passenger Drone enters use, not just in terms of proving the technology, but also in getting the all-clear from lawmakers to allow it to fly around cities. But another player on the scene won't do the industry's chances any harm.

The Passenger Drone will be on show at CES in January
The Passenger Drone will be on show at CES in January

Delco tells us the company will be showing off its work at CES in January next year, along with other trade shows in Europe and the US.

You can see the Passenger Drone take flight in the videos below – the first shows an unmanned flight, while the second is of the first manned flight test. The image gallery also offers a good look at it in action.

Source: Passenger Drone

Passenger Drone - The most advanced Manned Autonomous VTOL in the World !!!

Passenger Drone First Manned Flight

11 comments
Tom Lee Mullins
I think that is really neat.
Nik
Battery charge life is not an exact science. Can the on-board software accurately predict the range, when weather conditions can change unpredictably? What happens if there is a strong head wind, and the battery fully discharges before the craft reaches its intended destination? SPLAT!? Passenger aircraft have to submit a flight plan, and have it confirmed before take off. Will the existing system be capable of coping with the demand, of multitudes of these craft? It may have the controls for manned flight, but that would assume that the passenger has the ability to use them effectively, and safely. So who will be the passengers for these craft?
MrM
FYI This is a J-Ro gyroplane body from DTA
notarichman
neat? yes! but it looks slow and doesn't go far enough for me. option for eliminating half the weight of the second passenger, more batteries, and carrying goods? where are several of these going to land?
guzmanchinky
That is very cool! I would only feel safe if it had a Ballistic Recovery System (rocket powered parachute).
Matt Fletcher
Amazing, oh wait. Not really, isn't it pretty much the same thing as an electric helicopter, which they already have with better ranges and are already in production?
Rick Gutbrod
Yeah, great. Get in trouble, no Sully to get you safely on the ground. Sorry, will NOT get into a self driving car, nor a self flying drone...
JohnNelson
NIk, passenger aircraft in the US are only required to file a flightplan if they fly above a certain altitude or enter certain airspace. The Vast Majority Of fun, local flights DON'T file a flight plan. That said, these are no more likely to be a part of society as are the dozens of flying cars that have never made it to production. They simply arent practical except for the stupid rich....
Alex Stelling
Yeah you're stupid if you make lots of money. Seriously? There's always that one jealous person I guess. Yeah it would suck so bad to be able to afford anything I wanted.
Grunchy
I bet I could jump around inside enough to force it down. I bet there's six ways to make it crash.