A Chinese technology company offered a glimpse into the future when it tested out an electric “flying car” in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Monday, October 10. The two-seater aircraft, designed by XPENG AEROHT and called the XPENG X2, performed an unmanned 90-minute test flight on the opening day of GITEX Global 2022, the world’s largest technology convention.
Passengers can enjoy a safe and intelligent flying experience
“The XPENG X2 is equipped with two … modes: manual and autonomous. During the autonomous flight, passengers can enjoy a safe and intelligent flying experience with simple start, return and landing operations at the touch of a button,” according to a statement on the company’s website.
showcase of its fifth-generation vehicle represented “a significant milestone”
President and CEO of XPENG AEROHT Brian Gu said the showcase of its fifth-generation vehicle represented “a significant milestone” for the company, calling it a “major step” in the exploration of future mobility.
90-minute test flight over the city of Dubai on Monday
The company said its sixth-generation craft, still in development, has wheels and will be able to travel in the air as well as on roads. Xpeng’s eVTOL, which goes by the name of X2, completed an unmanned, 90-minute test flight over the city of Dubai on Monday. The X2 aircraft is fitted with eight propellers (two at each corner) that can push it to a top speed of 80 mph with zero carbon emissions.
the production model of the eVTOL operational for the 2024 Paris Olympics
It can also seat up to two passengers. Volocopter also hopes to have the production model of the eVTOL operational for the 2024 Paris Olympics, with a functioning vertiport at the Pontoise-Cormeilles-en-Vexin airfield outside of Paris. Perhaps Xpeng will venture into veriports next.
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