A wacky new flying car has been unveiled – that sees a supercar spout drone-like wings.
Chinese firm Xpeng AeroHT’s vehicle is able to transform from a sports car into a flying machine at the touch of a button.
The company revealed the eVTOL design at their recent tech day, saying they have spent two years refining the model – although did not address the issue of the exposed rotors in an accompanying statement.
A video demonstration shows the car speeding along a highway, before stopping to extend the flight rotors.
Xpeng explained: “The design exudes a supercar style, featuring an intelligent cockpit that seamlessly switches between land and flight modes, adapting components like the steering wheel and dashboard according to the selected mode.
“Components such as manipulator arms, rotor systems, and other flight features can be effortlessly folded and stored within the vehicle.”
The company also showed off a safety parachute release system that can gently bring their vehicles back to Earth in case of engine failure.
They explain: “To enhance flying car safety, Xpeng AeroHT developed the multi-parachute rescue system.
“Successfully tested at just 50 meters (164.04 feet) altitude in October, this breakthrough fills a global safety gap in ultra-low altitude rescues.
“The system’s maximum capacity is 1 ton and includes pioneering features like ultra-low altitude parachute opening and an embedded safety rescue control panel.
“It breaks industry standards by deploying parachutes at 50 meters (164.04 feet) instead of the usual 200+ meters, ensuring a safer touchdown at approximately 5 m (16.4 feet) /s, protecting passengers and the aircraft. “
Although no price or release date for the vehicle has been announced, Xpeng are optimistic that the Chinese government encourages such innovation.
The firm add: “Flying cars are set to revolutionize transportation, aligning with growing demands for efficient and convenient mobility.
“These transformations not only meet public demand but are actively supported and encouraged by government policies.
“From January to June this year, numerous policies related to the low-altitude economy were released by central and local authorities in China, totaling over 120, reflecting the nation’s commitment to fostering aviation innovation.”
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