Why Spent 20 Million Tax Money For This? What Flying Car? It’s Just A Drone
According to Leiphone, a Chinese tech news site, EHang has already filed for bankruptcy in the US on Decemebr 29, 2017. In its bankruptcy filing, EHang cited assets of $100,001 to $500,000 and estimated liabilities of $1,000,001 to $10 million.
Leiphone learned from a credible source that EHang filed for bankruptcy due to the following reasons:
EHang could not position itself in the commercial drone market due to the poor product quality. They were forced to give up the consumer drone market as they could hardly sell.
EHang which owes $1.5 million in office rent in the United States has been sued.
EHang was founded in 2014 in Guangzhou, China, the maker of Ghost Drone which pilots can control by tilting their smartphones. Its Indiegogo campaign has raised $860,000. However, EHang hasn’t earned a lot of media attention until EHang 184, a passenger drone.
In the 2016 CES held in Las Vegas, EHang unveiled the low-altitude autonomous passenger drone, EHang 184 and has thus been awarded as one of “the Most Innovative Companies 2016” by Fast Company.Though EHang 184 stole the thunder from competitors, many people were skeptical about its passenger drone, having a concern about the security and legal issues.
Source : Weltalkuav
Malaysia’s first flying vehicle prototype – which is set to take flight this Thursday – has been identified, and it’s not the Vector that is being developed by local company Aerodyne Group. Emerging information from news reports has revealed the unit to be foreign-made, in this case the EHang 216, a passenger drone made by Chinese company Beijing Yi-Hang Creation Science & Technology Co.
As Berita Harian reports, the vehicle, which will be known as the Super Dron locally, is a joint venture project between local company EastCap and two Chinese companies, EHang Intelligent Equipment (Guangzhou) and Strong Rich Holdings. The strategic partnership will handle the marketing, operation and maintenance of the Super Dron in the country.
The company has also previously stated that the introduction of the Super Dron in the country was not meant as an avenue for public transportation, but for applications such as border monitoring by authorities and as an emergency aid vehicle. EastCap has also said it aims to build a super drone assembly facility in Malaysia with a production capacity of 10,000 units a year.
Source : Paul Tan
What Flying Car? It’s Just A Drone, Says DAP Transport Minister
The transport minister today said the flying car being promoted by Entrepreneur Development Minister Redzuan Yusof is a drone and, therefore, needs to get the go ahead from the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM).
“If you want to fly drones, you need CAAM’s approval,” minister Loke Siew Fook said when winding up the 2020 Supply Bill for his ministry at the Dewan Rakyat today.
This led to Shahidan Kassim (BN-Arau) thanking Loke for his explanation.
“On behalf of all MPs, we would like to say thank you as it isn’t a flying car, but a drone.”
Flying car or drone?
The Malaysian government’s “flying car” initiative is really about air mobility, Entrepreneur Development Minister Mohd Redzuan Yusof clarified on Wednesday (Nov 20), after being heckled by opposition lawmakers who noted that it is a drone project.
“One of the strategic thrusts of the National Entrepreneurship Policy is to develop aviation, aerospace and air mobility.
“Call it whatever you like, drone, flying car, aerocar, it is all about air mobility,” he said in parliament during question time.
BERSATU’S REDZUAN OPENLY ABUSING HIS POWER? YET MAHATHIR KEEPS SILENT: MINISTER TRIES TO RAM THROUGH ‘SHAMEFUL FIASCO’ FLY-CAR – DESPITE ‘NO-GO NOTICE’ FROM AVIATION AUTHORITIES
The Civil Aviation Authority Malaysia (CAAM) has given a no-go to the demonstration flight which was originally scheduled today.
What I can conclude from the whole fiasco, from the first announcement by the Minister early this year, until the no-go notice by CAAM, is only one word: Shameful.
If you want me to add another word, I can: Shameful.
Our Minister has on many occasions said that not a single cent of the taxpayer’s money is being used, and this is a private initiative.
It is not a government project.
He has said in Parliament that it is the Ministry’s duty to assist entrepreneurs in (realising) their innovative ideas. I fully agreed that is the duty of the Ministry.
We cannot kill off good ideas.
In fact, the idea is good. The technology is already quite common out there in other nations. Good for our own entrepreneurs to explore into it. But it becomes a huge problem when it comes to MED.
In the past one year, our Minister has appeared to take the flying car as his baby.
He keeps talking and keeps promoting it in a wrong way without realising that it also irritates the people who voted for us.
The best part is – at the early stage, a lot of people were asking me why our third national car project is going (to be a) flying car.
The perception is that the Government is doing this as a national project, which in fact is not. Everyone is confused.
Since it is not a national project, don’t talk like it is one This could be one of the many private initiatives that the Government and ministries receive every day.
I have asked a few of my lawyer friends before. On the road, we have the Road Transport Act. For civil aviation, we have the Civil Aviation Act.
If at all the flying car is to fly, do we have laws regulating the same? The answer is in the negative.
The Minister has also said it only take one hour from Kuala Lumpur to Penang by the flying car. Taking a Fokker plane will take one hour now, does it mean that a drone can fly at the speed of the Fokker? The people are not stupid.
And now, CAAM has given a no-go. Clearly, it is not ready, we are not ready. Why is the Minister talking every day as if everything is ready?
The opposition is making a joke out of it whenever the issue is brought up in Parliament.
I am not worried about the joke, I am worried about the people out there and how they see us as a Government because of this project which has nothing to do with us in fact?