Two-person electric drones may be the future of air taxis. Such is the vision that Chinese aviation startup EHang has.
Interesting EngineeringBy Fabienne Lang
© EHang | EHang 216 passenger drone

The company just received its operational flight permit from the Norwegian Civil Aviation Society for its EHang 216 in Norway and has entered into a cooperation agreement with the government of the city of Seville in Spain to proceed with its Urban Air Mobility (UAM) pilot program.
The hope for the company is that they develop their presence in Europe and create future flight routes. 

What is Urban Air Mobility?

Working with the government of Seville the plan is for them and EHang to develop Urban Air Mobility (UAM), which includes passenger transportation, air logistics, and command and control platforms for the city in Spain. 
According to the EHang, this is the first operational flight permit with the EHang 216 model issued by the civil aviation authority in Europe. The trial will take place in northern Norway, near the border with Russia, at Elvenes Airport. It's an ideal location for test flights as the region is thinly populated with unused airspace. 
Furthermore, Norway is the ideal place to begin tests as the country is very active with the future of our airspace and promotes clean aviation. 

EHang to Test Its Electric Passenger Drones in Norway and Spain
EHang 216 landing, Source: EHang

The plan is for EHang to test and explore how it is Autonomous Aviation Vehicle (AAV) system that can offer safe, autonomous flights. This project will gather real-time data thanks to its control and command platforms. The tests will also include point-to-point delivery, maintenance, as well as inspection of wind-power plant servicing.
This article was originally published by Interesting Engineering. 
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