Nevada Chosen as Test Site for Passenger-Carrying Drones

June 13, 2016

A company that manufactures passenger-carrying drones will be testing its system in Nevada.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that EHang Inc., which is headquartered in Guangzhou, China, is partnering with the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems to test and develop the smartphone-directed drone service.

In EHang’s drones, passengers would enter a destination into the system’s accompanying app and then take off in the autonomous vehicle.

Key Speakers At The Bloomberg Next Big Thing SummitInstitute officials announced the partnership last week, saying EHang will initially just move a small crew to the state for testing. They say it is too early to say whether the company will eventually establish a more permanent presence in the state.

EHang expects to begin testing in Nevada later this year.

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