DAPURPACU – For the first time a flying taxi aka unmanned drone, namely the EHang 216, airs in the capital city, in conjunction with the IIMS Hybrid 2022 exhibition at JIExpo Kemayoran, Saturday (9/4).
The flight demo ceremony also signifies that Prestige Aviation (PT Prestisius Aviasi Indonesia) has agreed to pre-order an autonomous aerial vehicle (Autonomous Aerial Vehicle).
Later, the official distributor of EHang in the country, led by Rudy Salim, plans to order and bring in another 100 units. Previously, EHang 216 was purchased by cargo company Black Stone Cargo Airline.
Serving as the Executive Chairman of Prestige Aviation, Rudy confirmed that the arrival of 100 EHang units was gradual and claimed that they were currently in the process of obtaining permits.
“We are in the middle of a certification test, it should be released in the near future and then we will bring it in gradually,” explained Rudy.
He added, for companies that have ordered, EHang 216 will later be used to support activities in logistics distribution by them.
Armed with a propulsion that uses electric power, of course, from an operational point of view, it is believed that it does not require extra expenditure for the company.
With all these advantages, Commissioner of Black Stone Cargo Airline, Marco Isaak said, his party saw the potential as an air transportation breakthrough, especially for e-commerce.
“So we have ordered EHang from Prestige Aviation to be operated as a mode of air logistics transportation that cannot be reached by medium-sized aircraft,” added Marco.
“We are interested in the innovation of autonomous aerial vehicles as a mode of delivery of goods. As for our initial flight route, we will open the Jakarta route to BIJB Kertajati. From this route, we will develop it to various other areas,” he said.
On the other hand, General Chairman of the Indonesian Motorcycle Association (IMI) Bambang Soesatyo explained, later the flying taxi is believed to have a dual function that is not only for moving people, or transporting goods.
According to him, EHang can be used to assist police patrols or even penetrate disaster-affected locations that cannot be reached by humans.
“When Mount Semeru erupted recently, Basarnas could also use it for distribution of disaster aid that cannot be reached on land,” he continued.
“Who knows in the Capital of the Archipelago (IKN) there are flights as cheap and reliable transportation, the target is only 2-3 times the usual taxi fare,” concluded Rudy. [dp/MTH]
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