RTA drone partner sets record despite 'epic fail'

Company behind Dubai passenger drone breaks world record despite failing to get drones to fly in sync

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RTA drone partner sets record despite 'epic fail' EHANG has set a new world record for simultaneous flight with its drones (pictured at CES2016). (Getty Images)
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By  Mark Sutton Published  May 3, 2018

EHANG, the company behind the Dubai RTA's passenger drone project, has set a world record for simultaneous drone flight, despite failing to synchronise its drones.

The company flew a fleet of 1,374 drones in an event to mark Labour Day in the city of Xi'an in northern China, but the drones failed to fly in the pre-programmed patterns which should have spelled out words, numbers and dates.

The South China Morning Post said that around half of the drones appeared to be out of formation. The newspaper described the situation as an 'Epic Fail'.

EHANG has provided the Autonomous Aerial Vehicle (AAV), a single-seat passenger drone which is intended fly on pre-programmed routes, as a taxi service.

Dubai's Roads & Transport Authority said in February last year that that the Autonomous Aerial Vehicle (AAV) would be providing passenger services by July 2017, dependent on testing and certification. To date, no such service has launched.

The Xi'an flight beats the previous record holder Intel, which flew 1,218 drones in a pre-recorded display for the opening of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics.

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