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GUANGZHOU — The world’s first passenger drone named EHang 184 has made its first public flight in China on Tuesday, taking off from Guangzhou City, capital of south China’s Guangdong province.

The electrically powered Ehang 184 can carry a single passenger weighing up to 100 kg for a 23-minute flight at sea level at a speed of 100 km per hour, the company said.

The Ehang 184 series is the world’s first passenger drone capable of carrying a single person at up to 130 kilometers per hour and in force 7 typhoon conditions, China Daily reported citing the company as saying.

Hu Huazhi, founder and CEO of Ehang, founded the company in 2014, and since then more than 150 technical engineers have conducted thousands of test flights, including a vertical climbing test reaching up to 300 meters, a load test flight carrying about 230 kilograms, a routed test flight covering 15 km and a high-speed cruising test that reached 130 km/h.

The newly developed device requires passengers to fasten their seat belts as the automated flight system then takes over.

The Ehang 184 AAV will still see further improvements, according to Hu.

“These manned test flights are just the latest in a series of tests to ensure that the Ehang 184 AAV will be safe and ready for public use in the near future,” Hu said.

Public use of passenger drones, also known as drone taxis, has yet to become a reality and fully depends on improvements in technological innovation and implementation of supportive policies, he said.

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Finance Committee meeting deferred until 1 pm today

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KATHMANDU— The meeting of the Finance Committee under the House of Representatives that was scheduled at 9 am today has been postponed until 1 pm.

The meeting was put off for lack of a quorum, said Chairperson of committee Krishna Prasad Dahal. Until 9:30 am, only nine members of the 25-member committee were present in the meeting.

Issues relating to capital expenditures and non-budgetary release of fund were scheduled for discussion in the meeting.

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