NC hosts first successful demonstration of autonomous air taxi

  • Source: Sand Hill Sentinel
  • Date: 01/13/2020

"More than 100 spectators, including Governor Roy Cooper and Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon, gathered in Raleigh on Tuesday to witness North America’s first demonstration of an autonomous air taxi.

“Flight started in North Carolina over 100 years ago,” said Trogdon, whose agency hosted Tuesday’s demonstration. “So, it is appropriate the demonstration of this cutting-edge, disruptive technology takes place in North Carolina.”

The autonomous aerial vehicle flew in front of a crowd gathered at the State Highway Patrol Facility/Aviation Hangar in Raleigh. Due to Federal Aviation Administration guidelines, Tuesday’s demonstration flight was unmanned, but the EH 216 can carry two adult, non-pilots."

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