EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) , a leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company, has announced strategic partnerships with Zhuhai Da Heng Qin Pan-Tourism Development Co., Ltd., Zhuhai Huafa Sports Operations Management Co., Ltd. and Flying World (Zhuhai) Technology Co., Ltd. to jointly initiate Urban Air Mobility (“UAM”) operations for aerial sightseeing and other air mobility services in the Hengqin New Area, the largest island and a Free Trade Zone in southeast Zhuhai in Guangdong Province of China. By establishing AAV experience centers and a suite of supporting service systems, EHang seeks to integrate its AAVs into the daily life of the local population.

The EHang 216 passenger AAV (Autonomous Aerial Vehicle)

During a signing ceremony held on January 8, a fleet of EHang 216 AAVs made passenger-carrying flights in Tianqin Park in Hengqin. The flights were observed by local government officials, enterprise representatives, media outlets, and local residents. A total of 36 passengers flew in the autonomous EHang 216, enjoying safe and comfortable aerial sightseeing trips. Through this event, EHang fully demonstrated its cutting-edge technology for the centralized management of multiple simultaneous flights of AAVs in distributed operations under command-and-control systems.

Li Weihui, Deputy Secretary of the Hengqin New Area, said, “We warmly welcome the arrival of EHang passenger-grade AAVs to Hengqin. We believe this new style of intelligent air mobility will have more and better uses and will flourish in our beautiful Hengqin.”

Resting on the west bank of the Pearl River estuary, the Hengqin New Area is regarded as the core of Pearl River Delta and boasts a unique geographical location adjacent to Hong Kong and Macau. With an advantageous geographical location, pleasant natural scenery, and rich tourism resources, it boasts favorable conditions and market demand for the development of short- and medium-haul urban air transportation. According to the Outline of the Development Plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and the Overall Development Plan of Hengqin issued by the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, Hengqin will become a demonstration area for in-depth cooperation among Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao and an international leisure and tourism destination suitable for living, working and travel, accelerating the integrated development of tourism in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

Lu Ting, CEO of Flying World (Zhuhai) Technology Co., Ltd., commented, “We are excited to cooperate with EHang and other strategic partners. By leveraging EHang’s world’s leading AAV technology and strong support from local government, we see promising market development potential and are confident that we can integrate air mobility services into the leisure and tourism industry in Hengqin. We believe this effort can gradually expand across the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area to form synergistic operations and development.”

Watch the video of EHang 216 AAVs conducting passenger-carrying flights in Hengqin below:

Why it’s important: With this announcement, EHang furthers its trend as a trailblazer for aerial mobility initiatives in China and internationally. While EHang’s eventual goal is for these aircraft to be used for commuting, tourism represents a very high-potential immediate use case for these aircraft, since they are more economical, less impactful on the environment, and much quieter than helicopters, which currently service the tourism segment. Additionally, Hengqin is being added to a list of many cities in which EHang has already launched operations, helping them lay the groundwork for their vision of urban air transport throughout China and internationally.


Source // EHang

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