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5 Super Sized Drones You Can Ride – 2016 – Piloted drone

November 5, 2019

Curious Droid presents 5 Super Sized
drones you can ride in. Over the past few years some people have taken drones from small almost toy devices for carrying cameras and alike to mini aircraft that
are capable of a carrying single person or more and now the supersized drones are
touted and possible future for personal transportation for both civilians and
military personnel. These are still very early days years of testing will lay ahead before
these are allowed to fly in public areas So don’t expect to see anything like this
soon but here we look at five of the drones you can ride in. The Ehung 184 created a
huge buzz when it was debuted at the CES 2016 show they claim it’s the world’s
first fully autonomous helicopter drone. The Ehung 184 is a 200Kg, 8 rotor aircraft which the company claims is able to lift a single 100
kg person up to 500 meters into the air fly them up to a 100kph
to any point on Google maps, all whilst avoiding object
automatically and safely handling the takeoff and landing without the need any
piloting skills from the person being carried. The ranges as far as it can fly
with 23 minutes of flight time afforded by the batteries which have a recharge
time around 2 hours. Ehang is keen to point out that in the event of a drone
experiencing problems human pilots housed in custom-built
command centers will be able to take over and guide you to safety hopefully there will also be a parachute
should you have a complete power loss at 500 metres up. Price should be
around about a $180,000 to $260,000 each.
In the Netherlands Torsten Crijns the man behind Quadro UAS has been
developing an autonomous aircraft and has been featured on the news and TV
programs around Europe. Quadro UAS is primarily a one-man operation and Torsten started out as a software
engineer and gained experience whilst working at a company making unmanned
aerial systems, however he soon realized he needed more experiences in other
technical areas like mechanical stress calculations and circuit design. He has
spent a lot of time gaining these new skills and also co-operating with other
people in order to make his prototype aircraft. Torsten’s design has 20
electrically powered motors driving one propellar and is stabilized by a MultiWii
autopilot control system. Torsten is also in talks with the Dutch Aviation
Authority in order to get a flight certificate and hopes to in the future you will be able to order personal aircraft by smartphone, it will land wherever you are before taking you on to your destination.
The Aero-X from Los Angeles firm Aerofex Incorporated is a two-man low
altitude flying vehicle that is sort of the drone but it isn’t a Drone and it’s also a
sort of flying all-terrain vehicle. One of the major differences between the
Aero X and other electrically powered type drone craft is that it is much simpler and uses no electronic stabilisation control systems it is designed to be written
much like a motorbike but also can be used as an unmanned vehicle to do agricultural duties like crops spraying and
surveying for example. It uses two in-line ducted fans powered by petrol engines
The design of the ducts around the edges of the fans give it the stability and
control. The idea behind the Aero-X is not a new one though and it’s actually
based on a design from over 50 years ago The Piasecki AP-59 K flying Jeep or Airgeep was created by Frank N. Piasecki founder of Piasecki helicopters and aircraft corporation. The Airgeep was the winner of the US Army competition to make a low-flying vehicle
capable of traveling over land or water a bit like a hovercraft but whilst being able to fly over trees and large obstacles it also had a top speed of up to 75 miles. Although Airgeep was field tested the army chose to stick with helicopters and
the idea was dropped until Aerofex took up again. Because the craft is designed to travel and only around about ten feet above ground and is controlled like a
bike the rider does not require any private pilot’s license. Shipping is
scheduled to start in 2017 with a price tag of $85,000 each .The Flike or flying
bike is an electrically powered tricopter designed by the Hungarian
Bay Zoltan limited. The idea of the Flike was originally conceived in the summer
of 2014 when a magazine article appeared that said that drones were OK as small
craft but would not be able to carry the weight of a person. This gave a design
team the idea to make a drone that could carry a person and in the space of a
year I took the idea from the drawing board first manned flight. The six motor
design is in a Y formation with the rotors is on top of each other in a similar
design to the Ehung 184. Bay Zoltan are claiming that the Flike will be
able to travel at an electronically limited height 30 meters and up to
100 km/h carrying capacity of the flight is up to 100 kilograms and the flight
time is up to 60 minutes will be extended range version. Becuase the Flike
fully stabilized and controlled by computer the rider will require few
piloting skills though you may still require pilots license like you do for a
small plane or microlight. The Flikes control will be by joystick and because
it’s fully computer-controlled it will also be capable of autonomous flight. Availability is said
to be sometime in 2016 and the prices yet to be announced but they said it
will be in the sports car bracket hopefully that’s a Mazda MX5 price
bracket not that of a Ferrari 458. The german-made Volocopter blurs the line between a drone and a helicopter and is aimed at those who want flying exprience of the helicopter but without the high cost and long training times involved the
layout of the Volocopter is similar to the helicopter with the rotors in a fixed
grid above the main cabin in similar size to the swept area of the
normal helicopter rotor. The difference between a helicopter and a Volocopter is
that the Volocopter has 18 electrically powered rotors and this means that there is much
more built-in redundancy so you could lose a couple of rotors for example
still be able to fly. Being electric its auto emissions free and it also requires
much less maintenance than a traditional helicopter. Rather than being fully
autonomous like the Ehung, Volocopter wants to give the pilot of fun of flying but
with all the advantages that a fully computerized system would give. This
would allow them to fly with just the joystick just like a computer game but also be able to switch to fully automatic if required the computers take care of the
actual flying, the takeoff and landing and can even compensate for turbulence all
the pilot needs to do just point it where he needs to actually go. The plan is to have a single-seater fun model and then a two and four seater models for commercial and private transport thanks for watching and I hope you
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  • Reply MidasChaser - make fire August 22, 2017 at 10:47 am

    awesome!! 😊

  • Reply David Jimenez August 28, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    a manned drone? That's an oxymoron.

  • Reply goose1077 August 29, 2017 at 1:43 am

    I weigh 100kg. I guess I have to fly naked, or fast for a day first.

  • Reply morskojvolk September 1, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    By definition, it's not a "drone" if the person riding it is piloting it. It's just an aircraft.

  • Reply cesar rivera September 9, 2017 at 3:55 am

    Ya casi esta mi proyecto lo tengo en maqueta espero vuele es un dronhelicotero con casida para dos personas para trasportar

  • Reply Greatest Ever September 9, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    23 minutes and two hours to charge the battery? Thats not very efficient.

  • Reply Darkstar8473 September 10, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    260 thousand can get me some nice cars … some nice safe cars … that I can drive … because you know it's fucking safe.

  • Reply Siminthesky September 12, 2017 at 9:28 am

    easy to shoot down these flyers. it will be busy in the air

  • Reply bob smith September 15, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    why this word "drone" over and over, they are quad copters, or just HELICOPTERS, things that have been around almost as long as planes have. None of this is new

  • Reply kineticdeath September 19, 2017 at 11:58 am

    i'd still prefer an MX-5 RF… /hides lol… one day at least!

  • Reply RD19902010 September 22, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    A rotor lifted aircraft doesnt need a chute, auto-rotation does the trick…

  • Reply logan watts September 25, 2017 at 6:03 am

    version does anyone see better this wetultd

  • Reply Miku Poukka September 25, 2017 at 11:12 am

    1 step closer to those flying cars😂

  • Reply webpa September 25, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Why do you INSIST on calling these machines "drones"? They are NOT drones!

  • Reply david chappel October 3, 2017 at 4:04 am

    welcome to the world of TOMORROW!!!

  • Reply MunTre123 October 5, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Only problem I can see is the battery, we really don't have batteries with enough capacity to power drones of this size for longer than 15 to around an hour. The technology is there, but not a good enough powersource

  • Reply mvelasquez72 October 8, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    Hey, does any of these super sized drones use a flight controller as a flight assistant or solo flight controller?

  • Reply A View from Laputa November 8, 2017 at 5:31 am

    By definition, a drone does not have a human occupant. These might be ultralights, but they're not drones.

  • Reply Deshaun Harris November 14, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Good 1 Master bruce

  • Reply Jimmy Jack November 15, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Why make them electric? Battery technology is shit.

  • Reply archtroll November 17, 2017 at 4:57 am

    that quadro UAS guy needs some fucking goggles .. hahaha

  • Reply Merlin Klink November 20, 2017 at 8:36 am

    Drones are autonomous meaning that these are just hover bikes etc

  • Reply Sivasanth Mundeth December 1, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    By definition, if it carries a man or it is driven inside by it, it is not a drone , it will be any other aircraft or hovercraft

  • Reply Lyndon Bushnell December 3, 2017 at 4:03 am

    can these be run by nuclear power? if so the trips would be endless without charging

  • Reply Jim Fogarty December 4, 2017 at 5:03 am

    Although I applaud the efforts here, I can tell you all with some conviction that the FAA will not allow these multiple spinning propeller systems unless they are shrouded… so your current weight vs power considerations are off by a good deal, as well as your propeller thrust/size calcs. I’m not going to discuss stopping… and those of you who are familiar with this technology know why.

  • Reply Wolfie Productions December 6, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    most of these have been cancelled for safety purposes. we are still a long way off

  • Reply Kristian B Lerche December 12, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    I'm not bording any of these mutchafuggas unless I have some pretty solid information on the one engine out performance….

  • Reply Kowboy USA December 13, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    Who doesn't wish they could fly like the birds.

  • Reply Maelich Arn December 18, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    if we had an electric grid road system instead of good ole macadam this could be awesome.

  • Reply milky jap December 22, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    but is not a drone if u control it

  • Reply hotspur666 December 25, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Yes, fly 40 minutes, run out of juice, crash and die…go destroy yourself!(that thing go down like a stone!)

  • Reply Ben 2 seconds Askren December 26, 2017 at 2:02 am


  • Reply Konstruktivist Neo December 29, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    Safety hazard!!! You need to protect the pilot and those on the ground. TOO MANY exposed blades rotating at supersonic speed, if one splinters off, it is a KNIFE flying through the air: BAD, BAD, idea; TERRIBLE accident waiting to happen.

  • Reply Jmichael Isbell December 30, 2017 at 12:12 am

    thank you, very interesting

  • Reply Dougie Quick January 4, 2018 at 3:13 am

    The air effects unit NEEDS a processor! IF it is doable without one? THINK how foolproof it will be WITH ONE!

  • Reply 02markcal January 7, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    If Paul Shillito's hard work, quality animation, deep research, and amazing interviews aren't enough to make you give to his patreon page….his over the top eye blasting shirt deserves the donation at least.

  • Reply ANTI ASMR January 11, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    we used to called them helicopters back in my days 😉

  • Reply dwAxel January 19, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    01:43 – Жалкое зрелище. Он бы ещё шариков с гелием прицепил.

  • Reply Mojoman57 January 20, 2018 at 3:31 am

    Yes. I don't want to fly it but I do want to steer it.

  • Reply No Excuses January 20, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    They should make four of the motors on the first one feed electricity back into the batteries

  • Reply J da Smoove January 26, 2018 at 1:56 pm


  • Reply blu menthal January 30, 2018 at 1:23 am

    E-Hang. What a suspicious name. Lol

  • Reply Dizzy TV February 8, 2018 at 11:39 pm

    stop it with the electrics – you need to put a gas engine on that for the weight to power equivalent and get much more lift and go.

  • Reply Tate Chasers February 10, 2018 at 11:34 pm

    flying people every where in 30 years

  • Reply AZOffRoadster February 11, 2018 at 10:06 am

    2:23 MultiWii flight controller??? Dayam, son. You seriously need to consider upgrading to Betaflight.

  • Reply Joaquin Darby February 13, 2018 at 4:45 am

    In the post-apocalyptic future, those who use the desert drone with fuel are going to be the uncivilized and poor … but very strong.

  • Reply heterosapienman February 15, 2018 at 2:38 am


  • Reply Nicholas McGill February 21, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    Super stupid waste of fuel and air. Recreation for blighted individuals.

  • Reply Experiment-TV February 27, 2018 at 12:26 am

    Hello, what did you use motors and regulators? What size propellers? Which used flight controller? What is the capacity of the battery and how many cans?

  • Reply hassan DOUKKALI March 10, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    friendly clever paramecies…

  • Reply hassan DOUKKALI March 10, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    with 4 helices it s better balance vtol can be obtained …

  • Reply therealdeadpen March 12, 2018 at 12:46 am

    No military application no future for the vehicle. If you can't weaponize it then no one will care.

  • Reply Will McFadden March 16, 2018 at 12:38 am

    What we need is this, plus combat. Please.

  • Reply Dennis The Menance March 31, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    and why not show Actual Drones( No Pilot) remote controlled, Lifting 100 lbs up 50 ft over a Tree or a WALL? Like Trump Wall? Hello! They will be avaialbe in next 3-5 yrs and make "The US Wall" Useless.. Mexicans will be charging $100 US to Lift someone up and over the wall .. Thus Don't waste the Billions on a Wall but on a Lazer to shoot the Drones down, electronically and automatically..

  • Reply zapfanzapfan March 31, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    Cool! Maybe do an update on if any of these has come to market yet or if they are still all prototypes.

  • Reply Ken Callow April 7, 2018 at 1:16 am

    Very cool stuff… But too fucking expensive and not very inefficient!

  • Reply wero April 13, 2018 at 8:59 am

    The best part is you can use them on water !!

  • Reply Reckoner music April 20, 2018 at 10:55 am

    Making small helicopters not practical vehicles

  • Reply Juan Wick April 26, 2018 at 6:45 am

    The designs are awful.

  • Reply Ertan gül May 12, 2018 at 8:39 pm


  • Reply swyntopia May 16, 2018 at 11:43 pm

    "Drohnen" sind FERNGESTEUERTE Flugzeuge–>Basta !

  • Reply HellishGrin460 June 4, 2018 at 2:31 am

    if you can pilot it, it's not a drone……

  • Reply Daniel Sieker June 4, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Here is a german projaect of a non-commercial private drone built by some weird guys:

  • Reply Andrew Wong June 10, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    All of these are noisy as hell.

  • Reply Neapolis June 16, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    Soon to crash in a neighborhood near you.

  • Reply Ashton Simmons June 21, 2018 at 1:11 am

    As if you'd have time to parachute from a max of 500 meters

  • Reply Tricky July 7, 2018 at 11:41 am

    Why not just use tiny helicopters?

  • Reply Caged July 12, 2018 at 2:43 am

    I want one.

  • Reply rex mundi August 6, 2018 at 5:45 am

    If you are riding it, it's not a drone.

  • Reply Xelbiuj August 15, 2018 at 2:37 am

    If I could take a 10 min drone flight over traffic to save myself a 30 minute commute, who cares if it only has a 45min flight time?
    Imagine these replacing ubers/taxis.

  • Reply 당신에게꼭필요한DIY정보쇼 August 20, 2018 at 11:16 am

    좋은 정보 멋진 비디오 구독

  • Reply r. p. September 6, 2018 at 9:24 am


  • Reply stormweaver82 September 16, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    Wouldn't the riding drones do better if the seat was lowered down to reduce top heavy weight?

  • Reply heyidiot October 1, 2018 at 3:56 am

    Why are we using the term "drone" anyway?

  • Reply Gary La October 1, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    Electric is great, but it's not "emission-free". Somewhere the grid produced pollution to make the electricity (unless the grid is all hydro).

  • Reply harpothehealer October 14, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    very interesting and great channel

  • Reply Nicholas Bateman October 30, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    Nicholas Lee Bateman 282787728 on Youtube

  • Reply Atomicskull October 31, 2018 at 7:55 am

    Multirotors are not as efficient as helicopters and have lower performance. Four rotors are less efficient than a single large rotor even if the overall combined span of the rotors is the same as the single large rotor. And a constant RPM rotor with collective / cyclic pitch control also provides better maneuverability and hover control in traditional helicopters than the fixed pitch rotors and RPM based control that multirotors use. The only thing multirotors really have going for them is simplicity.

  • Reply lissa leggs November 8, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    Eh nope…

  • Reply dou40006 November 16, 2018 at 10:47 pm

    useless, energy intensive, polluting it will blow up tremendous amount of dust making it undesirable in mos place on planet earth, we don't need these kind of ridiculous innovation

  • Reply Gmonkey December 7, 2018 at 11:29 am

    @4.52 that looks safe hahahahahaha

  • Reply 000[M16] YT[AR] December 13, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    Colin furze

  • Reply Gribbo9999 January 7, 2019 at 1:48 am

    He we are 2019. Where's my personal of the shelf flying machine then?

  • Reply Debabrata Das Deva January 21, 2019 at 8:53 am

    I am from India, can I buy this type of drones..?? Reply..

  • Reply Maldus Alver February 19, 2019 at 6:11 am

    About time, we were promised flying cars years ago

  • Reply ne dedin sen March 22, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    what are you waiting for? ?? Just download them to the street! Do it quickly if the only problem is to put traffic lights on air traffic. children have very good days to see

  • Reply Patrick Eruimy March 25, 2019 at 12:05 am

    😅 👍🏼

  • Reply sangarp2001 March 25, 2019 at 11:51 am

    it is illegal here in Australia.

  • Reply ANISH RAZA March 28, 2019 at 4:02 am

    How much price

  • Reply Dave Messer April 8, 2019 at 4:42 am

    The moment they are manned, they are no longer drones, by definition.

  • Reply Andyman Sand April 8, 2019 at 11:28 am

    This will be perfect for the moon

  • Reply Andyman Sand April 8, 2019 at 11:31 am

    How will they decide the airlanes? Wouldn't people crash into each other?

  • Reply foot in mouth April 24, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    The noise would be what would get me.

  • Reply Charles Rablin May 8, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    Amazing things, the electric motors allow a wider distribution of the thrust, without too much extra weight, like the multi petrol engines and thrust vectors. Can't say I am going to ;like the noise though.

  • Reply Bobby Goetz May 19, 2019 at 5:38 am

    Too bad I weigh over 1500 kg 😪

  • Reply sujamak May 25, 2019 at 1:11 am

    This flying vehicles potentially to CUT riders leg.

  • Reply sangetube June 4, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    Over 3 years later. This needs a second video.

  • Reply Peter Švančárek June 28, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    Propellers disintegrate from time to time. I find it dangerous to have them in position where debris can collide with body.

  • Reply Zhu Bajie August 29, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    I prefer the Lilium Jet from Germany. Has efficiency, range, and redundancy. Copter type drones are very inefficient.

  • Reply Dreadful Dread October 17, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    1989: In the future we will make a rideable flying things
    2016: Rideable flying things

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