Passenger drones take flight in Japan
Friday 27 Aug 2021EHang Holdings has announced that the EHang 216, the company’s flagship model, has been tested successfully in Japan. The successful unmanned and autonomous trial served to “showcase safe, autonomous, eco-friendly urban air mobility (“UAM”) solutions,” says an EHang press release. The test was the first passenger-grade advanced aviation vehicle (AAV) given permission from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan (“MLIT”) for outdoor open airspace trial flights in Japan.
Japan is moving quickly towards implementing passenger drones. “In 2018, the Japanese government established the “Public-Private Council for Air Transportation Revolution” and formulated a Roadmap towards Air Transportation Revolution,” says the EHang press release. According to the Roadmap, MLIT’s Civil Aviation Bureau is working on regulations and processes, with a goal of beginning commercial transportation of goods and people in passenger drones by 2023.
In June, Japan’s government established the Next Generation Aviation Mobility planning office to focus on the needs of industry, regulators, and local governments.
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