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Chinese language electrical automobile start-up Xpeng exhibits off new flying automobile 

Chinese electric car start-up Xpeng shows off new flying vehicle 

Electrical automobile start-up Xpeng unveiled its first era prototype for a flying automobile on the Beijing Auto Present on Sept. 26, 2020.

Evelyn Cheng

BEIJING — Alibaba-backed Xpeng is placing cash into flying automobile know-how 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 automobile resembles a human-carrying drone greater than a flying automobile. The prototype was developed by Xpeng Heitech, a know-how 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 improvement, and the core companies and improvement technique stay unchanged. The corporate foresees advantages from the analysis in areas akin to precision and mapping applied sciences. 

The flying automobile 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 undertaking is in an idea part, and the corporate stated it’s going to consider prospects of the house earlier than continuing with any substantial funding.

“This can be a long-range R&D exploration for us to actually take into consideration mobility in a better context,” Brian Gu, vice chairman and president of Xpeng, advised AnotherBillionaire Information in an interview on the sidelines of the Beijing Auto Present on Saturday.

“We predict sooner or later not solely electrical autos could have the good mobility autonomous driving options, however with different know-how, 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 performing some exploration.”

Regulation has been a serious hurdle for the event of human-carrying drones and self-driving automobiles.