The company claims that the flying car will be able to transport tourists around the city at speeds of up to 80 miles per hour in just a few years.
The all-electric Xpeng X2 is expected to maintain a height of around 300 feet – about the height of Big Ben.
But a two-seat aircraft capable of flying long distances can also reach the height of the Empire State Building.
For those concerned about the 35-minute maximum flight time, it also has a parachute attached just in case.
The Chinese company Xpeng Motors believes that it is ideal for short trips around the city, such as sightseeing and transporting medical supplies.
It is expected to cost the same as a luxury car like a Bentley or Rolls-Royce and hit the market in 2025.
The X2 XPeng features an enclosed cockpit, minimalistic teardrop design and a sci-fi look. It is made entirely of carbon fiber to save weight.
Like a helicopter, the X2 takes off and lands vertically using two propellers and usually has wheels on each of its four corners.
It has a top speed of 81 mph, can fly up to 35 minutes, and reach an altitude of 3,200 feet, although it will most likely fly at around 300 feet.
President and Vice Chairman Brian Gu said the end goal is for wealthy people to use it as their daily transportation.
But, with several regulatory hurdles yet to be overcome, he said the vehicle would likely be restricted to “urban or scenic areas” at first.
This may include the Dubai waterfront, where it made its first public flight on Monday as part of the Gitex Global event.
Like a helicopter, the X2 takes off and lands vertically using two propellers at the four corners of the vehicle, which usually has wheels.
The 16-foot-long car weighs about half a ton, has two side-opening doors, and can carry two people weighing less than 16 pounds.
It has a top speed of 81 mph, can fly for up to 35 minutes, and reach an altitude of 3,200 feet, although it will most likely fly at around 300 feet.
Owners are only expected to need a driver’s license, Gu said, as the initial flight may have to be automatic.
“If you want to drive a vehicle, you will probably need some certification, some level of training,” he said.
Asked if the vehicle could be used by emergency services, he said, “I think those are scenarios that can be handled like flying cars.”
But he said the company didn’t focus on “concrete use” and instead made its designs “first and foremost a reality.”
Xiaopeng X2 does not produce carbon dioxide emissions during flight, and is suitable for low-altitude urban flight, such as sightseeing and medical treatment in the future.
The XPENG X2 is equipped with two driving modes: manual and automatic. It is expected that the owner will only need a driver’s license, as the initial flight may have to be performed automatically.
More than 150 people from the Chinese Consulate General in Dubai, Dubai International Chamber of Commerce, DCAA, Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism, Dubai World Trade Center and global media witnessed Xpeng’s first public flight.
“The beta version has an active parachute that deploys automatically, but future models will have more safety measures,” Gu added.
Gu said the company aims to have flying cars ready for customers by 2025, but understands that it may take time for consumers to get comfortable with flying cars.
“I think when enough product is on the road and in cities around the world, I think it will expand the market very quickly,” he said.
There are billions of dollars of investment in eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) and companies are struggling to achieve commercial success.
NASA is testing a new electric aircraft that can take off and land vertically, hoping to carry passengers through busy cities at 320 km/h by 2024.
According to a NASA team based in Big Sur, California, Joby Aviation vehicles will one day be able to provide air taxi services to people in cities and surrounding areas, adding an alternative way to transport people and goods.
The all-electric “flying taxi” can take off and land vertically and is a six-rotor helicopter designed to be as quiet as possible.
As part of the 10-day study, which began September 1, officials from NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center will test its performance and acoustics.
The electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft is the first of many aircraft to be tested as part of NASA’s Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) campaign to find future rapid transportation methods that can be approved for public use.
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