You may soon be able to beat the traffic by using a flying car
Xpeng, a Chinese company, has tested X2, a flying carin Dubai.
Xpeng X2is a two-seater electric aircraft that may be used as an air taxiin the future.
- The Xpeng X2 uses eight propellers and can take off vertically.
AdvertisementIf you have been waiting for a flying car, your wait may finally be over. A Chinese automaker has tested a two-seater air taxi at Skydive Dubai, joining the long list of companies working on making flying cars a reality.
Chinese company Xpeng Aeroht has completed the first flight of the Xpeng X2, a two-seater electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. The test was conducted at GITEX Global, a tech show in the United Arab Emirates.
The Xpeng X2 was tested after obtaining approval from the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) and was witnessed by over 150 people.
"We are making step-by-step (moves) to the international market. First, we selected Dubai city because Dubai is the most innovative city in the world”, Minguan Qiu, general manager of Xpeng Aeroht.
The Xpeng X2 aims to beat traffic and fly to reach your destination quickly. In the future, it will offer an affordable alternative to using helicopters to travel within the city.
Xpeng conducted a 90-minute unmanned test of the X2, which was described as an "important base for the next generation of flying cars” by the company. With the test, the X2 has become the first to pass the assessment in Dubai in the specific weight class.
The two-seater flying car uses eight propellers – two at each corner of the vehicle. Like a helicopter, the X2 can take off vertically and does not require a runway.
The X2 reportedly offers two modes – manual and autonomous. While using the autonomous mode, passengers can experience a flying experience just by using start, return and landing operations.
The flying car has been designed to suit low-altitude city flights and short-distance journeys in the city. It will be a long time before such air taxis are launched commercially.
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