EHang launches 5G-enabled drone port in China

Guangzhou, CHINA – Drone manufacturer, EHang has partnered with the Guangzhou Development District Communications Investment Group (GDDCI) to launch the first ever 5G Intelligent drone port at the Innovation Park in Huangpu District in Guangzhou, China.

The new port, which the partners call an Air Mobility Experience Center, has been equipped with all the necessary infrastructure to accommodate the various types of drones made by EHang – be they passenger autonomous E216 aerial vehicles or the Falcon B package delivery drones.

“As the newly-launched drone operation spot especially designed and developed for EHang AAVs, the 5G Intelligent Air Mobility Experience Center covers an area of 2,000 square meters and is equipped with a rooftop take-off and landing vertiport as well as a hangar for power charging and maintenance,” EHang said in a statement.

“Powered by the 5G telecommunication networks, it relies on EHang’s command-and-control system platform to enable trial operations for the EH216, Falcon B and other eVTOL models, for various UAM and smart city management applications.

“Furthermore, the 5G Intelligent Air Mobility Experience Center is integrated with an Automatic Guided Vehicle Parking Garage, which provides a convenient infrastructure for a seamless transfer experience in car travel and aerial trip in the future.”

The company went further to praise authorities in the city of Guangzhou, for investing and giving the drone company space to establish the first global urban air mobility pilot city in the world, and give a chance for Guangzhou citizens to be the first to enjoy unmanned air mobility experience.

Several operational flight routes have been planned and tested for passenger transportation, aerial sightseeing and aerial logistics in Guangzhou in the near future.

“Guangzhou is EHang’s first global urban air mobility pilot city and the 5G Intelligent Air Mobility Experience Center has become the latest operation spot under the 100 Air Mobility Routes Initiative,” EHang founder and chairperson, Huazhi Hu said at the launch.

“We will use the world’s leading AAV technologies and command-and-control system to provide intelligent, comprehensive solutions for urban air mobility and smart city management in Guangzhou. We expect to build Guangzhou into a model city for UAM and have plans to extend it to more cities across the country and worldwide.”

Besides the construction of the air mobility experience centre, EHang and GDDCI have also invested in local UAM route planning and AAV operations. With the UAM mapping across four central areas in Guangzhou’s Huangpu district, several operational flight routes have been planned and tested for passenger transportation, aerial sightseeing, aerial logistics, smart city management, etc.

“By leveraging the 5G Intelligent Air Mobility Experience Center, we will develop an intelligent air mobility ecosystem integrating the hardware, software, take-off and landing platform and operation services in Huangpu district,” said Chengjiu Zhou, General Manager of GDDCI.

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