Friday, September 9, 2016

The 'Be George Jetson' UPDATE: The Ehang 184 autonomous-flight drone

Estimated costs:  Between $200,000 and $300,000.  No precise time frame for commercialization.

Electric, self-driving, flying taxis are the future.  The wealthy and the brave can soar above the traffic.  (Houston Chronicle, 9/6/2016)
Business columnist Chris Tomlinson likes what he sees.  While the concept may seem like science fiction, a self-flying vehicle is really just a scaled up electric drone, the kind that children fly every day. Add in self-driving car technology with existing aeronautical safety systems, and the concept of hopping on a drone and tapping a flight plan onto a tablet computer doesn't seem like a big deal.

Original 1/14/2016 post, "Be George Jetson:  Ehang 184 AAV drone at CES2016", starts here.

This octocopter wants to fly you at 60 mph.  (c|net, 1/6/2016)
Caution, regulatory buzzsaw ahead.  "It isn't going to be that you get one under the Christmas tree, take it outside, and go flying. You're still talking about what amounts to a manned aircraft," more like a helicopter than a drone, said Mark Dombroff, an aviation attorney for law firm Dentons, who previously represented the Federal Aviation Administration and Justice Department. "They're not going to be able to sell this without having some sort of airworthiness certificate, probably experimental."

General specifications:
  • Room for 1
  • Travels at up to 60 miles per hour (Ashley sez 65 in the video report)
  • 23 minute battery life
  • 11,000 maximum elevation

Hanna-Barbera's 4-passenger drone (pre-unmanned phase)

Related CES 2016  posts:
BMW's "undeniably cool" Spyder concept car.  (2/19/2016)
DJI Phantom 3.  (2/16/2016)
Netatmo welcome home security camera.  (2/13/2016)
Volkswagen BUDD-e concept.  (2/11/2016)
Samsung Gear S2 smart watch.  (2/10/2016)
Intel Xiaomi Ninebot.  (2/9/2016)
360 Fly 350 degree action camera.  (2/9/2016)
Ricoh Theta S spherical camera.  (2/8/2016)
GoSun solar stove.  (2/8/2016)
Immersit 4D  motion furniture.  (2/7/2016)
Spün smart utensils.  (2/7/2016)
Grillbot or grill brush.  (2/6/2016)
Flip Pal Plus mobile scanner.  (2/6/2016)
ThinOPTICS reading glasses.  (2/5/2016)
My ears were initially all in for this gadget (Earin).  (2/5/2016)
Are you Ditto-worthy?  (2/4/2016)
Triby (tri-bee) takes you back to the days of the family phone.  (2/4/2016)
ODG R-7 smartglasses.  (1/24/2016)
Withings Thermo smart thermometer.  (1/24/2016)
SensorWake alarm clock (you'll need to lobby for bacon).  (1/23/2016)
Dear Panasonic, This transparent LCD display promo does not fill me with anticipation and excitement.  (1/18/2016)
All, if not much more, than most of us will ever need to know about the Vert wearable jump tracker.  (1/17/2016)  Be George Jetson: Ehang 184 AAV drone at CES2016.  (1/14/2016)
Virtual reality porn ('full immersion for the adult experience').  (1/14/2016)
'Crazy, trippy' OLED rollable TV.  (1/14/2016)
ModiFace mirror.  (1/14/2016)
A personal bartender available in multiple colors.  (1/10/2016)
Wearable translator.  (1/10/2016)
Samsung KS9500 SUHD 4K TV with stunning natural curves.  (1/8/2016)
Be your own home brewer the easy way with Pico Brew Micro Brewer.  (1/8/2016)
Daqri smart helmet.  (1/8/2016)
This shower head tells you when your time is up.  (1/7/2016)
According to this HairMax instructional video, 82 medical-grade lasers will put a smile on your face.  (1/6/2016)
You may or may not get a charge out of the Digitsole Smartshoe.  (1/6/2016)
Enrich your family life with this Samsung Smart Family Hub Fridge.  (1/6/2016)

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