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Air Taxi Maker EHang Eyes Scenic Guangxi for World’s First ‘Airport’ for Self-Flying Vehicles

By Ding Yi / Apr 24, 2020 12:43 PM / Business & Tech

Photo: IC

Photo: IC

Visitors to south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region could soon have a unique way to take in some of the nation’s most famous scenery.

Chinese flying carmaker EHang has announced plans to build what it says will be the world’s first ‘e-port’ in the city of Hezhou to commercialize its autonomous aerial vehicle services for use by tourists. The city shares the same karst topography that has made the better known nearby city of Guilin a must-see stop for both domestic and international tourists.

Construction of the facility, which will be built in partnership with a local Hezhou partner, is scheduled for completion by the end of this year, when some 20 EHang 216 two-seat passenger-grade autonomous aerial vehicles will take tourists for sightseeing trips, according to a company statement.

Covering 2,500 square meters, the three-story e-port building will have four parking aprons on its rooftop, which will enable takeoffs and landings of four unmanned aerial vehicles at the same time, the statement said.

In 2019, the Guangzhou-based company sold 61 passenger-grade autonomous aerial vehicles, which are normally used for sightseeing, logistics, public transport and medical relief. In the same year, the Civil Aviation Administration of China allowed EHang to pilot programs aimed at exploring the country’s airworthiness standards and management systems for such vehicles.

Contact reporter Ding Yi (yiding@caixin.com)

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