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EHang “to start autonomous aerial vehicle operations” in Hezhou by end of 2020

EHang Holdings Limited has announced its intention to build the world’s first autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) hub (or “E-port” in the City of Hezhou in Guangxi Province, China, to be completed and operational by  around the end of 2020.

According to a company press release:

“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 be three stories covering 2,500 square meters. Architectural features include a first-floor reception hall, second floor passenger waiting area, and a third-floor departure/arrival zone. Four landing pads will be located on the roof-top, which can accommodate the landing/take-off of four AAVs simultaneously.

“Hezhou is a beautiful city with rich tourism resources and we are excited to enhance their appeal with our AAVs. 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 a provide safe, autonomous, and green approach to travel and sightseeing,” said Mr. Hu Huazhi, the Founder, Chairman and CEO of EHang.

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