Flying Cars for Personal Transportation: George Yan and the EHang 184

by DerdriuMarriner

The April 2016 issue of Popular Mechanics covers the EHang 184 as personal transportation in flying cars, a prediction in the magazine’s April 1906 issue.

Flying Cars Are Not Best Vaporware That Never Was

Flying cars are looking very unlike the “best vaporware” that never gets off the ground from consumer electronics shows, according to an article published for the April 2016 issue of Popular Mechanics.

Cars as personal transportation modes that fly at low levels above the ground no longer belong to the dream world that never translates into practical reality. Alexander George, author of “The Fantastical, Highly Questionable, But Totally Exciting Future of the Flying Car,” considers the progression of drones from unmanned to manned vehicles. He describes a likely prototype at the annual Consumer Electronics Show held from Jan. 6 to 9, 2016, in the Las Vegas Convention Center in Nevada.

The electric-motored, 5-foot- (1.52-meter-) high EHang 184, with an 18-foot (5.49-meter) wingspan and an emergency landing autopilot, enables one passenger to reach destinations 23 minutes away.


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LaunchSquad, Creative communications agency, specializing in brands, tweets March 24, 2016, at 11:05 a.m.: "Move aside @KendallJenner, @voguemagazine calls client @ehang's 184 drone a future star":

"How Will the Future Family Live and Dress?" in Vogue, April 2016, envisions a "future perfect" that includes EHang 184 Autonomous Aerial Vehicle and Faraday Future FFZERO1 concept car in the family transport fleet.
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11:05 AM - 24 Mar 2016

Flying Cars Behave Much Better Than Unmanned Drones


Chevy, Ford, Intel, Mercedes-Benz, Netflix, Oculus, Samsung and 1,430 other company displays fill the Center’s 2.3 million-square-foot (213,676.992-square-meter) floor space under mile- (1,609.344-meter-) high fluorescent lights.

EHang, whose main testing facility is in Guangzhou, China, gives the show’s crowds a prototype displayed without battery-operated functionality but with air-conditioned cockpit and four-point harness. Its prototype for flying cars has an equal number of electric motors and of rotor propellers that are distributed evenly over the quadcopter base’s four arms. Pitching each arm’s set of a clockwise-rotating, upper rotor and of a counterclockwise-rotating, lower rotor at an angle that pushes air downward is responsible for lift.

An absence or a proliferation of regulations and a limitation or a void in software and technology sometimes jeopardize inventions between drawing boards and production lines. 


Alexander George, technology and cars editor at Popular Mechanics, writes about flying cars in the magazine's April 2016 issue.

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West 30th Street heliport

Flying Cars Can Be Considered For Now


The non-issuance of position papers by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration keeps flying cars from being illegal to drive by implication in the United States.

Experiences with autopilots for airplanes and experiments with robot co-pilots by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) lead researchers to doubt interference from hostile regulation. Mary Cummings, director of the Humans and Autonomy Laboratory at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, mentions: “We’re really terrible drivers, and we’re really terrible pilots.” The former F-18 pilot notes: “The sooner we can get to an autonomous flying car, the safer we’ll be on the roads and in the sky.”

Alexander George, article author and associate editor covering technology, observes of Autopilot on typical Boeing 777’s flights: “Sensors and software handle everything down to the landing.” 


Jennifer DiMascio, managing editor for Defense and Space at Aviation Week, tweets May 3, 2016, at 9:02 a.m.: "It's not if but when "the promise of completely automated flying cars is transformational." @missy_cummings"

Mary "Missy" Cummings, former F-18 pilot, tells Popular Mechanics roads and sky will be safer with autonomous flying cars.
Mary "Missy" Cummings, former F-18 pilot, tells Popular Mechanics roads and sky will be safer with autonomous flying cars.

Flying Cars Do Not Block Driveways or Garages


George Yan, co-founder and chief operating officer at EHang, possesses software skills from his vice presidency for Microsoft’s cloud storage, server and Windows expansion in China. He questions the sustainable functionality of flying cars without sense and avoid (SAA) and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) versions for identifying, navigating and sharing obstacle- and weather-related information. He revels in a future, three or five years away, of user routes mapped at local command-control centers in accordance with battery ranges and route safety. He says that, like many professionals in the personal air vehicle business, “my favorite cartoon was The Jetsons” because of the levitating, mid-century concept car-like vehicle.

Mr. Yan thinks presciently like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs on Windows and Apples: “We have a dream of putting a passenger drone on every rooftop.” 


EHANG 184 Launch Video from CES2016

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My special thanks to:

  • Talented artists and photographers/concerned organizations who make their fine images available on the Internet;
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University for superior on-campus and on-line resources.


EHang 184 displayed at 48th annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES2016), Las Vegas, Nevada

January 8, 2016
January 8, 2016

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“EHang 184: Autonomous Aerial Vehicle (AAV).”

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George, Alexander. April 2016. “The Fantastical, Highly Questionable, But Totally Exciting Future of the Flying Car.” Photo Illustration by Zach Bush. Popular Mechanics.

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Popular Mechanics' tweet linking to Alexander George's flying car article : "The fantastical, highly questionable, totally exciting future of the flying car"

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Updated: 05/20/2016, DerdriuMarriner
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DerdriuMarriner on 05/11/2016

Mira, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, says that flying cars are another heavy object to worry about falling out of the sky and hitting people on the head!

Mira on 05/11/2016

A passenger drone on every rooftop? Sounds like Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep :)

Last year I saw a drone in Herastrau Park. It made quite a ruckus. A single, rather small object in the sky disturbed the quiet of a large section of the park.

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