HT Aero, which is backed by Chinese vehicle company Xpeng, has unveiled its next-generation flying vehicle that includes autonomous flight take-off and landing for specific city scenarios, back-end scheduling, charging and flight control.
Called the Xpeng X2, HT Aero will showcase the vehicle at this week’s 13th Airshow China in Zhugai, Guangdon Province in China.
The X2 includes autonomous flight route planning, real-time imaging, real-time flight monitoring, two-way real-time communications, environmental perception and autonomous return and landing. It features an interface that allows for one-key start, one-key return and one-key landing, reducing the burdens of the user and allowing safer and more intelligent flying.
HT Aero said it has conducted more than 15,000 safe, manned flights with the X2, a pure electric two-seater enclosed cockpit. This version of the flying car includes improved effective load, passenger number, exterior design and flight control system than the previous generation.
Before taking off, the system performs intelligent autonomous flight route planning based on the destination entered by the user, evaluating factors such as buildings, no-fly and restricted areas and weather conditions.
Other features include:
- 1,675 lb capacity with two passengers.
- Range of 35 minutes at a height of 3,280 feet.
- Speeds up to 80 miles per hour.
- A full carbon fiber structure that weighs 1,234 lb.
HT Aero said the X2 is designed to meet the needs of short distance urban transportation and serve other scenarios such as air patrol, field rescue and medical transportation.