VIDEO: EHang achieves first passenger flight demo in Japan as it continues progress in the country

The EHang EH216 pas­sen­ger autonomous aer­i­al vehi­cle AAV has com­plet­ed its first pas­sen­ger-car­ry­ing autonomous flight demon­stra­tion with­in Japan, also the first pas­sen­ger-car­ry­ing flight for an autonomous eVTOL air­craft in Japan.

The EH216 flew with two pas­sen­gers and no pilot for a trip along the coast­line of Tanoura Beach in Oita City, under the approval of the Min­istry of Land, Infra­struc­ture, Trans­port and Tourism (MLIT) of Japan.

EH216 autonomous flight demon­stra­tion in Oita Pre­fec­ture Japan

Sato Kiichi­ro, May­or of Oita Pre­fec­ture in Japan, remarked: “Last July, EH216 com­plet­ed its first Japan­ese point-to-point tri­al flight in Oita, and now takes on the chal­lenge of pas­sen­ger-car­ry­ing flight. I hope that today’s pas­sen­ger-car­ry­ing flight test will accel­er­ate autonomous aer­i­al vehi­cles to take a fur­ther step toward prac­ti­cal use.”

Sato Kiichi­ro May­or of Oita Oita Pre­fec­ture Japan

Kiri­no Hiroshi, Chair­man of the Okaya­ma Kurashi­ki Mizushi­ma Aero & Space Indus­try Clus­ter Study Group who took a ride on the EH216 added: “EH216 is a leader in the eVTOL field with exten­sive expe­ri­ence in pas­sen­ger-car­ry­ing flights.

“This suc­cess­ful flight test in Oita Pre­fec­ture has shown us the pos­si­bil­i­ties of expe­ri­enc­ing the skies with­out a pilot. We look for­ward to EH216 flight tests in more cities in Japan.”

Kiri­no Hiroshi Chair­man of MASC

Xin Fang, Chief Oper­at­ing Offi­cer of EHang, con­tin­ued: “Over the past two years, EH216 has achieved sev­er­al rounds of demo and tri­al flights and this year brought pas­sen­gers rid­ing in the air.

“These mile­stones are inex­tri­ca­bly linked to the sup­port and trust of MLIT in Japan, local gov­ern­ment depart­ments and our part­ners, and we will con­tin­ue work­ing with them to pro­mote safe, autonomous and eco-friend­ly urban air mobil­i­ty in Japan.”

Xin Fang Chief Oper­at­ing Offi­cer of EHang
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Jason Pritchard

Jason Pritchard is the Editor of eVTOL Insights. He holds a BA from Leicester's De Montfort University and has worked in Journalism and Public Relations for more than a decade. Outside of work, Jason enjoys playing and watching football and golf. He also has a keen interest in Ancient Egypt.

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