(Guangzhou, China, December 5, 2019) - EHang, the world's leading autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) technology platform company, today announced its strategic partnership with property developer Heli Chuangxing Real Estate Co. Ltd. to build out an urban air mobility (UAM) demonstration project in . This is a major milestone as EHang prepares for the launch of commercial operations of its much-anticipated autonomous flying taxis.
2 EHang passenger-grade AAVs performed simultaneous flight in the downtown area and CBD of Guangzhou city, near the landmark of Canton Tower and LIEDE Bridge where are must-see sightseeing place for all tourists in Guangzhou.
Under the terms of the partnership agreement, Heli Chuangxin and EHang are committed to building up the infrastructure for the world's first commercial in-city sightseeing UAM route in .
On , two passenger-grade AAVs of the two-seater EHang 216 model performed simultaneous flight demos, vertically taking off from and landing at Heli Tiande Centre in on the Centre's opening day. Six EHang 216 AAVs were also on display.
"Today's demo flights mark another key step forward in journey to making urban air mobility a reality and lead global efforts in such commercial operations," said Hu Huazhi, EHang's founder, chairman, and CEO. "We are thrilled to be working together with our partners to enable safe, autonomous, and eco-friendly urban air travel as soon as possible."
The demos took place four months after EHang announced that it had selected as its first UAM pilot city globally. EHang and plan to establish a low-altitude air transportation network that shuttles passengers and cargo in a safe, fast, environmentally friendly, and cost-efficient manner.
The pilot program enables EHang to test more flight routes and vertiports before moving into passenger-grade commercial operations. Last year, EHang already started commercial operations of air cargo transportation in and near its home base in , working with the express delivery company DHL-Sinotrans and retail company Yonghui.
In , EHang was selected by the Civil Aviation Administration of as the country's first and only pilot company for passenger-grade AAV programs. To date, EHang has safely conducted over two thousand test flights both inside and outside of to ensure that its AAVs operate safely and reliably.
EHang is the world's leading autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) technology platform company. Our mission is to make safe, autonomous, and eco-friendly air mobility accessible to everyone. EHang provides customers in various industries with AAV products and commercial solutions: urban air mobility (including passenger transportation and logistics), smart city management, and aerial media solutions. As the forerunner of cutting-edge AAV technologies and commercial solutions in the global Urban Air Mobility (UAM) industry, EHang continues to explore the boundaries of the sky to make flying technologies benefit our life in smart cities.