Derrick Xiong

Cofounder & CMO of EHang, Entrepreneur, 30 Under 30 Future Business Leader, 2018

In 2014, Derrick co-founded EHang with Mr. Huazhi HU in Guangzhou, aiming to provide both mass consumers and industry clients with unique drone products & solutions that are easy to use, smart, safe and efficient. With rich experiences in overseas marketing and sharp insight of the smart hardware industry, Derrick quickly launched and promoted EHang GHOSTDRONE, the world’s first APP control-based smart drone, across domestic, U.S. and European markets, refreshing the record of overseas crowdfunding amount of Chinese technology products.

In CES 2016 in Las Vegas, Derrick led the team to unveil a game-changing innovative product that embodied years of R&D efforts by the company — EHang Autonomous Aerial Vehicle (AAV). The vehicle amazed the world instantly, blazing the trail and leading the way in the exploration and development of urban air mobility globally. Since then, Derrick has been actively pushing forward business cooperation and commercialization and application of EHang AAV, such as the collaboration with UTHR, a Nasdaq-listed biotechnology company, to jointly develop the Manufactured Organ Transportation Helicopter (MOTH) system.

Meanwhile, Derrick has also been actively engaged in developing new businesses for EHang. He has been continuously practicing and exploring more commercial applications as well as business models of drones. For instance, Derrick founded and chaired EHang Tianyu Co., Ltd to develop and provide drone delivery solutions that integrate hardware, software, operation services of delivery drones, and established the China’s first urban drone delivery supermarket in partnership with Yonghui and the China’s first urban drone delivery airline certified by the authority.

EHang is an intelligent aerial vehicle company with integrated capacities of R&D, manufacturing, sales and services, headquartering in Guangzhou, China. With the mission of “let humankind fly freely like a bird”, EHang provides customers from various industries with user-friendly, safe, intelligent and efficient aerial products and solutions, such as autonomous aerial vehicles, networked drones, command and control center for smart cities, drone formation flight and delivery service, etc. As the forerunner of cutting-edge UAV technologies and application models in the global civil drone industry, EHang consistently explores the boundaries of the sky to make the flight benefit our better life in the smart city.