Electrical car start-up Xpeng unveiled its first technology prototype for a flying car on the Beijing Auto Present on Sept. 26, 2020. Evelyn Cheng BEIJING — Alibaba-backed Xpeng is placing cash into flying automobile expertise as a part of the […]
Electrical car start-up Xpeng unveiled its first technology prototype for a flying car on the Beijing Auto Present on Sept. 26, 2020.
BEIJING — Alibaba-backed Xpeng is placing cash into flying automobile expertise as a part of the corporate’s long-term technique.
The electrical automaker revealed Saturday on the Beijing Auto Present the primary in a collection of electrical flying autos the start-up stated it’s growing.
With eight propellers and a capsule-like body, the car resembles a human-carrying drone greater than a flying automobile. The prototype was developed by Xpeng Heitech, a expertise unit majority-owned by Xpeng and CEO He Xiaopeng.
Xpeng stated in a launch that the unit is a part of the corporate’s long run analysis and growth, and the core companies and growth technique stay unchanged. The corporate foresees advantages from the analysis in areas akin to precision and mapping applied sciences.
The flying car can maintain as much as two passengers and is designed for low altitudes of 5 meters to 25 meters (16.four ft to 82 ft), in accordance with Xpeng. The venture is in an idea section, and the corporate stated it can consider prospects of the house earlier than continuing with any substantial funding.
“This can be a long-range R&D exploration for us to essentially take into consideration mobility in a larger context,” Brian Gu, vice chairman and president of Xpeng, advised CNBC in an interview on the sidelines of the Beijing Auto Present on Saturday.
“We predict sooner or later not solely electrical autos can have the good mobility autonomous driving options, however with different expertise, allow different units that may create a multi-dimensional ecosystem, that might be very thrilling,” Gu stated. “That is why we’re investing in that space, and doing a little exploration.”
Regulation has been a serious hurdle for the event of human-carrying drones and self-driving vehicles.