The prospect of flying cars has long been associated with futuristic visions. However, Xpeng, a prominent car manufacturer, suggests that we may witness the debut of the first modular air car on both roads and in the skies by the conclusion of 2025.
According to the press release, prospective buyers can place orders for the vehicle in the fourth quarter of 2024, with deliveries scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2025. Despite the conventional term “car,” the description may be misleading as it represents more than just a typical automobile.
Referred to as the ‘Land Aircraft Carrier,’ the vehicle is not a car capable of taking off. Rather, it is a car housing a drone-like aircraft. Aeroht, a subsidiary of Xpeng specializing in flying cars, is responsible for the development of this unique vehicle.
Although it might not align with traditional expectations of a flying car, the ‘Land Aircraft Carrier’ is undeniably an impressive device. The electric car component can comfortably accommodate up to five passengers and features a 6×6 configuration. Additionally, the electric vehicle (EV) offers rear-wheel steering as an optional feature.
Xpeng assures that the large drone is user-friendly, equipped with autopilot capabilities, and provides seating for two occupants in the cabin. The Chinese manufacturer, however, has yet to disclose details regarding the vehicle’s range in both driving and flying modes.
In addition to the modular car, Xpeng also unveils a genuine flying car, currently labeled the ‘eVtol Flying Car.’ The term ‘eVtol’ denotes electric vertical take-off and landing. While details about this model remain limited, it represents another stride in the direction of actualizing the concept of a true flying car.
The advent of flying cars is no longer a distant dream but an impending reality. With the promise of delivery next year, this revolutionary breakthrough is set to redefine transportation and transform our daily commutes. It marks a significant step forward in technological innovation and ushers in a new era of travel convenience and efficiency. However, it also poses challenges that need to be addressed such as air traffic management and safety regulations. As we stand on the brink of this exciting new age, it’s time for policymakers, industry leaders, and citizens to come together to shape a future where flying cars can safely coexist with traditional modes of transport.