The autonomous aerial technology platform company will build the e-port in the city of Hezhou in China’s Guangxi Province to accelerate the commercialisation of AAVs in the tourism industry.
Autonomous aerial technology platform company, EHang, is to build what claims to be the world’s first e-port for autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) services in the city of Hezhou in China’s Guangxi Province.
EHang will cooperate with a local partner to build the e-port, which will accelerate the commercialisation of EHang AAVs in the tourism industry.
The city of Hezhou is a pioneer in air tourism, and this project will make it a model for innovation in this area around the world. The e-port is planned to be completed and operational by the end of 2020.
The plan includes the delivery of 20 units of the EHang 216, the company’s two-seat passenger-grade AAV, which will be deployed for aerial sightseeing.
The e-port terminal building will cover 2,500 square metres and include four landing pads located on the roof-top, which can accommodate the landing/take-off for four AAVs simultaneously.
The combination of EHang’s AAV technology and the natural tourism resources of Hezhou can promote and enhance Guangxi’s air tourism industry not only in Hezhou, but also in other cities in the province, said EHang in a statement.
“Hezhou is a beautiful city with rich tourism resources and we are excited to enhance their appeal with our AAVs,” said Hu Huazhi, founder, chairman and CEO of EHang. “As we progress, we intend to create more commercial applications for EHang AAVs, such as aerial sightseeing that can uniquely merge modern culture and tourism.
“We also welcome more local partners to join us and embrace the opportunity to provide a safe, autonomous, and green approach to travel and sightseeing.”
EHang provides customers in various industries with AAV products and commercial solutions in areas such as smart city management, air mobility (including passenger transportation and logistics), smart city management and aerial media solutions.