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Xpeng announces a flying car that can also go on roads

Chinese electric vehicle startup Xpeng has announced a series of innovations that guide the company toward shaping the mobility ecosystem of the future.

Our exploration of more efficient, safer and carbon-neutral mobility solutions goes beyond just smart electric vehicles, and is the cornerstone of our long-term competitive advantage. We strive to implement advanced mobility technologies in mass production models for the benefit of our customers.

The company detailed the company’s latest version of its advanced driver assistance system ADAS. And the supercharger grille and the next generation of flying cars built with HT Aero and robotic rhinos for kids.

The company revealed its new goal to become the world’s largest manufacturer of manned low-altitude flying vehicles.

She presented plans for her sixth-generation flying car. But this is not just a flying car. It can also drive across the road.

And a video showed a rendering of a more attractive car than P7. Which converts from an ordinary car into a flying car through a folding rotary mechanism.

The company says the weight of the low-altitude aircraft is 50 percent that of the Xpeng P7. It has a steering wheel for road operations as well as a single arm for flight modes.

The new flying car also features an advanced environmental awareness system that can fully assess the surrounding environment and weather conditions for safety assessments prior to takeoff.

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The company plans to produce its flying car by 2024

The system evaluates the data it captures against driving objectives to ensure a safe take-off and landing. During the flight, an advanced awareness and flight control algorithm is used to avoid obstacles.

Xpeng plans to start mass production of the vehicle, which is being developed by UAM subsidiary HT Aero, as early as 2024.

The final design will be decided sometime next year. The company said it aims to cost less than $157,000.

And HT Aero has produced other UAMs for Xpeng, most recently Xpeng X2It is the fifth generation flying car from Xpeng that can accommodate two people.

An Xpeng spokesperson said the sixth-generation flying car is designed for similar use cases in the city. Such as going from the office to the airport, or other similar flights with less than 30 minutes of flight time.

Xpeng’s philosophy is direct selling to the consumer. But the company did not go into more detail about how it will work with regulators to mass produce its flying car for private use by 2024.

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