- Xpeng, a Chinese company, has tested X2, a
flying carin Dubai.
Xpeng X2is a two-seat electric aircraft that can be used as air taxiin the future.
xpengX2 uses eight propellers and can take off vertically.
If you’ve been waiting for a flying car, your wait may finally be over. A Chinese carmaker has tested a two-seat air taxi at Skydive Dubai, joining the long list of companies working to realize flying cars.
Chinese company Xpeng Aeroht has completed the maiden flight of the Xpeng X2, a two-seat 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 approval from the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) and was attended by more than 150 people.
“We are making (relocations) to the international market step by step. Firstly, we chose the city of Dubai because Dubai is the most innovative city in the world,” said Minguan Qiu, general manager of Xpeng Aeroht.
The Xpeng X2 is meant to beat traffic and fly quickly to your destination. In the future, it will provide an affordable alternative to using helicopters to travel within the city.
Xpeng conducted a 90-minute unmanned test of the X2, which the company described as a “key foundation for the next generation of flying cars”. With the test, the X2 has become the first to pass the assessment in Dubai in the particular weight class.
The two-seat flying car uses eight propellers – two on 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 by just using take-off, return and landing operations.
The flying car is designed for low altitude and short distance city flights. It will be a long time before such air taxis are commercially launched.
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