EHang 216’s flight tour sets off future of passenger drones in Korea

Having received significant support from the Korean Government, EHang’s flight tour marks another step towards the complete integration of passenger drones in Korea, and the company sees this as the start of its journey into Korea’s Urban Air Mobility (UAM) market.

EHang 216’s flight tour sets off future of passenger drones in Korea
EHang 216’s flight tour sets off future of passenger drones in Korea

EHang 216’s flight tour sets off future of passenger drones in Korea

Leading Chinese autonomous aerial vehicles (AAV) manufacturer EHang, has announced that its two-seater passenger-grade AAV, the EHang 216, has completed flights in Korea’s Seoul, Daegu, and Jeju Island. Having received significant support from the Korean Government, EHang’s flight tour marks another step towards the complete integration of passenger drones in Korea, and the company sees this as the start of its journey into Korea’s Urban Air Mobility (UAM) market.

EHang’s flight tour in Seoul took place a few weeks ago, during which, it demonstrated its capabilities in passenger transportation, emergency medical service, and aerial sightseeing. EHang 216 first took off from Yeouido Island to carry out an autonomous flight over a densely populated area. The second flight was carried out in the Suseong District of Daegu City, to deliver a package containing a 119 fire emergency kit and AED materials.

During the third and final flight in Jeju Island, EHang 216’s flight route covered the city’s coastline to demonstrate its use for aerial sightseeing.

EHang is the first passenger-grade AAV to receive the Special Certificate of Airworthiness (SAC) from Korea’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport (MOLIT). As part of the ‘Korean Urban Air Mobility (K-UAM) Roadmap’, a project announced by MOLIT in June 2020, Seoul, Daegu, and Jeju Island were selected as the pilot sites. The project plans to launch commercial UAM services by 2023-2025.

Suseong District, located in Daegu city’s central urban area, eventually aims to launch more aerial routes based on the EHang 216 flight, in order to promote the industrialization process of UAM. “To tackle the traffic congestion, we will try our best to develop UAM and turn it into a new engine for our economic development,” said Kim Dae-Gweon, mayor of Suseong District in Daegu city.

Won Hee-Ryong, the Governor of the Jeju Province, further said that Jeju Island is also planning to set up special funds and policies to foster talents and support relevant enterprises involved in UAM development.