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Passenger drone taxi cleared for take-off in US trials

The EHang 184 drone, which carries a single passenger on short journeys, will be tested in Nevada.

The EHang can travel at about 60mph for 23 minutes on battery power.​
The EHang can travel at about 60mph for 23 minutes on battery power.

A drone taxi that can carry a passenger has been cleared for take-off over Nevada.

The EHang 184 pilotless passenger drone carries a single person and has been approved for testing this year in the US.

The Chinese-Built drone stole technology trade show CES 2016 in Las Vegas in January, and it won't have to go far from sin city for tests. The Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS) and the Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED) have given the green light for the vehicle to take to the skies over the state, with an eye to full approval by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA).

The Ehang 184 has eight rotors. It can carry a passenger for journeys of up to 23 minutes, reaching altitudes up to 11,500 feet and speeds up to 100kmph (63mph). Here it is in action:

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