EHang has announced its Unmanned Air­craft Cloud Sys­tem — known as ‘UACS’ — has been offi­cial­ly approved by the Civ­il Avi­a­tion Admin­is­tra­tion of Chi­na (CAAC) for tri­al oper­a­tions.

With tri­al oper­a­tions approved, this mile­stone strength­ens a vital foun­da­tion for com­mer­cial fol­low­ing the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of its EH216‑S. Addi­tion­al­ly, the approval of the UACS tri­al oper­a­tions serves as a sig­nif­i­cant safe­guard for large-scale oper­a­tional safe­ty and man­age­ment.

Huazhi Hu, Founder, Chair­man and CEO of EHang, said: “From unmanned aer­i­al vehi­cle sys­tem to the UACS, as well as oper­at­ing teams and ser­vice plat­forms, EHang has made com­pre­hen­sive and suf­fi­cient prepa­ra­tion for the upcom­ing com­mer­cial oper­a­tions after years of plan­ning. With EHang’s long-term accu­mu­lat­ed advan­tages, we are con­fi­dent and well-posi­tioned to embark on a new chap­ter of UAM oper­a­tions with our part­ners.”

In the increas­ing­ly wide­spread appli­ca­tion of unmanned air­craft in the field of low-alti­tude econ­o­my, UACS tech­nol­o­gy has become an impor­tant safe­guard for secure and effi­cient oper­a­tions.

EHang UACS fea­tures func­tions of man­age­ment of air­space, UAVs, flight plans and oper­a­tors, etc., enabling clus­ter man­age­ment of mul­ti­ple air­crafts with­in the same air­space, and ensur­ing safer and more reli­able oper­a­tions. The approval let­ter issued by the CAAC sig­ni­fies that EHang’s UACS meets rel­e­vant civ­il avi­a­tion stan­dards in Chi­na. In the com­mer­cial oper­a­tions of EH216‑S after obtain­ing its type cer­tifi­cate, EHang’s UACS will also become a cru­cial com­po­nent.

Cur­rent­ly, EHang has laid out com­pre­hen­sive strate­gies for future com­mer­cial oper­a­tions. Over the past two years, the Com­pa­ny has car­ried out tri­al oper­a­tions under the CAAC’s guid­ance along­side the appli­ca­tion of the type cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Dur­ing such two-year peri­od, EHang has con­duct­ed over 9,300 suc­cess­ful low-alti­tude tourism flight tri­als in 20 loca­tions across 18 cities in Chi­na, includ­ing Guangzhou, Shen­zhen, Zhuhai, Zhao­qing, and Sanya. Dur­ing this process, an oper­a­tion team have been cul­ti­vat­ed with a dig­i­tal plat­form devel­oped for Urban Air Mobil­i­ty oper­a­tion man­age­ment and ser­vices, thus accu­mu­lat­ing mul­ti­fac­eted, fea­si­ble and replic­a­ble tri­al oper­a­tion expe­ri­ence.

Mean­while, in recent years, there has been a series of favor­able poli­cies intro­duced from the State Coun­cil to local gov­ern­ments to sup­port the devel­op­ment of the low-alti­tude econ­o­my, which cre­ates a broad space for the imple­men­ta­tion and oper­a­tion of UAM appli­ca­tions.

With lead­ing tech­nolo­gies and a wealth of exper­tise from tri­al oper­a­tions, EHang gained recog­ni­tion from mul­ti­ple city gov­ern­ments and has become an impor­tant part­ner in pro­mot­ing the expan­sion and imple­men­ta­tion of UAM appli­ca­tions.

Last month, EHang formed a strate­gic part­ner­ship with the Bao’an Dis­trict Gov­ern­ment of Shen­zhen City to joint­ly for­mu­late UAM use cas­es and sys­tems and devel­op routes for low-alti­tude demon­stra­tion to build Shen­zhen as a nation­al low-alti­tude econ­o­my devel­op­ment demon­stra­tion city.