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Chinese ‘flying car’ completes first public flight in Dubai

Chinese flying cars makes first public flight

China is leading the narratives of the “flying car” after Chinese electronic vehicle maker Xpeng Inc (9868.HK) completed a test flight for its X2 aircraft in Dubai.

Reuters report that the X2 is a two-seater electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft lifted by eight propellers – two at each corner of the vehicle.

The company plans to roll out its electric aircraft to the international market after the success of its first public flight in the United Arab Emirates.

Chinese flying car makes first public flight |
Guests and reporters check out the XPeng eVTOL flying car X2 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Credit: REUTERS/Amr Alfiky

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The manufacturers view the success of the unmanned, 90-minute test flight in Dubai on Monday, October 10, as an “important base for the next generation of flying cars.”

Nigerians on social media have commended the Chinese for their technological advancement, with some saying this innovation would help them fly over Lagos traffic.

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24-Year-Old Converts His Car Into A ‘Helicopter’, Displays It

Meanwhile, a 24-year-old man fulfilled his dream of owning a helicopter after he successfully converted his car into one.

The young Indian man, identified as Mithilesh Prasad, made some modifications to his car so it could pass for a helicopter.

He fitted some conventional helicopter-like parts, such as a tail boom and a tail rotor to the main rotor to make it look like a real helicopter. However, the helicopter cannot fly.

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