Personal mini helicopters that get us from A to B seem like a far-away innovation of the future,but they could actually be close to becoming reality.
It looks a little like a personal quadcopter, with four rotors. On a full charge the drone can fly for two hours straight with up to 220 pounds of weight on board.
It's large enough to fit one person and a small backpack, and for comfort there's air conditioning on board as well as a reading light – so you can entertain yourself if you get bored of looking out the window/desperately need to find the "emergency eject" section of the instructions.
The Ehang 184 can reach up to 63mph and can fly at a maximum altitude of 11,500 feet. It's designed to fly an average of 1,000 to 1,650 feet from the ground.
It's unlikely that this prototype vehicle will be taking to the air in numbers in the near future though.
The company's CEO said it had completed over 100 flights of the Guangzhou, but the idea of a human travelling inside a drone only complicates matters when it comes to drone policy.
However, the technology could be applied in areas other than passenger travel – for example, these types of drone could also be used in rescue missions in hard-to-access areas.