While 2015 failed to measure up to Back to the Future II's lofty predictions (can a girl get a flying hoverboard, please?), 2016 is shaping up to be every bit the futuristic fantasy we had in mind. According to Refinery29, Chinese drone manufacturer Ehang got the green light to test out the world's first passenger drone, which made its debut at the Consumer Electronic Association's CES conference in Las Vegas this past January. For approximately 23 minutes, these flying cars can carry one passenger at a time at a pace of 63 miles per hour. No word yet on how Tesla is taking the news.
The Nevada-restricted testing of the "Ehang 184" will effectively set the stage to commercialize the flying car industry, which Ehang founder and CEO Huazhi Hu is reportedly thrilled about. Tom Wilczek, aerospace and defense specialist at the Governor's Office of Economic Development, expressed a similar sentiment to the Guardian's Samuel Gibbs: "I personally look forward to the day when drone taxis are part of Nevada's transportation system. The State of Nevada … will help guide Ehang through the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) regulatory process with the ultimate goal of achieving safe flight."
While it'll likely be years before we see the aerial transportation industry fully take flight, the thought of hopping into a flying car to dinner on a Friday night is something out of a '90s science-fiction film. In the meantime, shop a couple of our favorite high-tech accessories in the spirit of tech innovation and share your take on flying cars!