EHang Holdings Limited announced that its EH216-S pilotless electric vertical takeoff and landing (?eVTOL?) aircraft completed its first autonomous air taxi flight in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The autonomous flight, conducted with rigorous safety measures, underscores EHang's commitment to safety and innovation. Partnering with Front End Limited Company (?Front End?), a Saudi-based enterprise specializing in advanced solutions for various industries, this flight also highlights the transformative potential of pilotless eVTOL aircraft for the region?s transportation system.

With the support from local authorities that include Saudi Arabia?s General Authority of Civil Aviation (?GACA?), the Ministry of Transport and Logistics Services, the Ministry of Hajj, and the Ministry of Interior, Front End's dedication to introducing cutting-edge technology to the Kingdom, combined with EHang's global technological edge in UAM, has been instrumental in shaping a faster, more efficient, and sustainable annual Hajj pilgrimage. The collaboration unlocked a truly innovative solution, showcasing the remarkable potential of public-private partnerships to drive advancements in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Conducted in a low-risk area within protected airspace, the flight is critical in helping authorities set the right regulatory environment for deploying pilotless eVTOL aircraft, thereby enhancing mobility, reducing congestion, and promoting sustainability.