How do you hail a taxi . . . if it’s flying in the air? And what do you do if it runs out of battery?
A Chinese company tested out an electric flying taxi in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Monday. Will this tech one day whisk people through cities high above traffic?
The flier is called XPeng X2. It’s one of dozens of flying car projects around the world. Only a handful have been successfully tested with passengers on board. XPeng X2’s flight was held with an empty cockpit. But the company says it carried out a manned flight test in July 2021.
The vehicle can carry two passengers. Eight propellers power it. It buzzes through the sky at up to 80 miles per hour. XPeng’s designers hope it will get people from point A to point B quickly, like a car would. Wouldn’t it be nice to fly home for a change?
You may have to wait a few years to take a sky ride though. The idea still has some kinks. Battery life is one of them. Here’s another: On the ground, complex traffic laws and road designs help drivers stay safe. Who will make sure air taxis don’t bump into each other in the sky?
For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? — Luke 14:28