X2 Flying Car Takes Its First Public Flight In Dubai
Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer XPeng has developed a teardrop-shaped eVTOL to serve as the flying taxi of the future and has flown publicly for the first time. This short flight plans even more daring flying cars for the future.
The event was the first public demonstration of the XPeng X2 after completing the specific operational risk assessment and obtaining a special flight clearance from the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA). More than 150 people witnessed the demonstration flight that took place at the Dubai World Trade Center on the opening day of the GITEX Global technology fair.
During the demonstration flight, the XPeng X2 received evaluation from DCAA reviewers for the stability and standardization of the entire flight operation process. It wasn’t a very complicated flight, however, as the video showed the flying car taking off vertically and gliding dozens of feet above the ground, similar to a drone.
Developed and manufactured by the Chinese automaker’s subsidiary XPeng Aeroht, which describes itself as Asia’s largest flying car company, the XPeng X2 is a two-seater flying car designed for future low-altitude city flights, specifically short-haul travel, sightseeing and medical transportation.
“XPeng’s public exhibition of X2 in Dubai represents an important milestone for the international success of XPeng AeroHT and flying cars,” said Brian Gu, Vice President and President of XPeng. “Dubai is a world-renowned ‘City of Innovation’ and that is why we decided to host the X2’s first public flight event here. Today’s flight is an important step in XPeng’s exploration of future mobility.”
XPeng X2 offers two driving modes: manual and autonomous. The latter is said to offer passengers a safe and intelligent flight experience, with simple launch, return and landing operations at the touch of a button.
The XPeng X2 used during the demo flight is a fifth-generation model, but the company is currently working on a sixth-generation version that will bring major updates. The future model will be equipped with both manual and automatic flight driving modes and can be driven in the air and on roads – the fifth generation vehicle can only fly, not drive.
XPeng Aeroht will reveal information about the configuration, exterior design and air handling method of the sixth generation XPeng X2 at 1024 XPeng Technology Day on October 24, 2022.