Chinese EHang Breaks Intel Records

1,374 drones dance over ancient city wall of Xi'an. Photo: Screenshot of video posted on YouTube by New China TV
1,374 drones dance over ancient city wall of Xi'an. Photo: Screenshot of video posted on YouTube by New China TV

EHang, a Chinese tech company has broken the Guinness World Record held by Intel for “most number of unmanned aerial vehicles airborne simultaneously.”

The show, however, was described as an “epic failure” by the South China Morning Post because of its failure to coordinate a light show.

The Guangzhou-based EHang set a new world record by dint of a fleet of 1,374 drones flying simultaneously above Xi’an’s 600-year-old city wall.

This record was previously held by U.S. tech giant Intel. Intel flew 1,218 drones at Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games in February 2018.

The Intel show was pre-recorded and later aired during the Winter Olympic Games’ opening ceremony due to “possible freezing weather and strong winds,” BBC reported.

EHang deployed drones’ light show into the sky, however, was broadcasted live.

China’s South China Morning Post reported, “The show’s live broadcast footage, however, showed about half of the drones in flight was in disarray.

“That resulted in a failure to complete the Chinese characters for “Running Xi’an”, “New Era” and other phrases as part of the EHang programme. The performance also did not complete “1374”, representing the number of drones in the show, and the date 5.1.”

The Chinese Ministry of Finance said that EHang was paid $1.6 million to perform the unmanned aerial vehicles airborne show at the Labor Day.

The U.S. tech giant Intel has been leading the drones’ utilization in the protection of the world heritage sites.

Intel and the China Foundation for Cultural Heritage are working together to take care of the Chinese Great Wall in the sections where it has been severely weathered.


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