The dream of Americans flying inside a drone just moved one step closer.

Ehang 184, the eponymous giant, 500-pound drone first introduced at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, is returning to Nevada for potential test flights, according to The Las Vegas Review Journal.

While the size of a small airplane, the Ehang 184 is truly a drone. Passengers get in the one-seater, enter their destination and the Ehang 184 — essentially a flying robot — does the rest.

When Mashable spoke to Ehang cofounder and CFO Shang Wen Hsiao earlier this year, he said they were in contact with the FAA, which requires 28 hours of flight time to check air worthiness. These test flights may actually apply to that test-flight time requirement.

Ehang will actually conduct the tests with the state-sponsored Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems, a consortium of state government officials and Nevada businesses and educators, which will help Ehang test the systems in preparation for seeking wider FAA approval, The Las Vegas Review Journal noted… see more

source: mashable