Footage of Xpeng flying car street landing in China sparks questions

  • The flying car in this video is reportedly make by Chinese company Xpeng
  • Not everyone is convinced these are the vehicles of the future
  • Some have suggested that it is too noisy, too slow to land, or not even a car at all

Published on Mar 01, 2024 at 5:17 PM (UTC+4)
by Tom Wood

Last updated on Mar 01, 2024 at 9:26 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Adam Gray

Footage of an Xpeng flying car landing on the street has created a few questions for those watching.

If you haven’t heard, Xpeng is a Chinese company that is creating some seriously cool-looking flying cars.

They’re the sort of thing that you wouldn’t have believed possible just a few short years ago, but here they are.

Resembling a large drone with four rotor blades, as well as some cool lights, they’re straight out of the Blade Runner universe.

However, people who have seen the Xpeng vehicles are being left with more than a few questions about them.

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In this latest video, shared on Instagram account @mychinatrip, the Xpeng flying car can be seen descending to the ground slowly in preparation for landing.

In front of a crowd of awe-struck onlookers, the flying car gradually lowers to the floor, showing off some seriously cool red front lights.

But, the post has attracted quite a lot of debate as well, with some even questioning the definition of a car.

So, is this a car with rotor blades, or a helicopter with wheels?

Either way, it’s pretty dope.

One comment read: “I called that a helicopter with car wheels that is not a flying car.”

Another wrote: “Do you know what a car is bro?”

A third said: “Why do people call helicopters cars these days?”

Someone else commented: “Exactly why flying cars is impractical.

“They’re helicopters with wheels.”

That’s not the only question that people have raised.

If you watch the video, which was allegedly filmed in Guangzhou, you’ll notice that the Xpeng makes quite a bit of noise.

That could be an issue if they ever – excuse the completely intentional pun – take off on a global scale.

As one commenter pointed out: “Sound is the biggest difficulty.

“Imagine thousands of these things in the air…got be a better way.”

“And the noise and the wind damage,” another said.

“Neighbors are going to love that.”

A third wrote: “Noise also serms [sic] to be an issue…”

What’s more, there have been more questions raised about the amount of time that the vehicle takes to land.

Imagine, you’re just running off to the shops for a pint of milk and need to go through all of this to get back home?

Maybe you’d just walk, right?

One comment said: “10 minutes to get there, 30 minutes to land.”

A second added: “Way too big, and it takes too long to “park”.

“Delays, delays, delays!”

Not everyone is so down about it, though.

A lot of people are just stoked to see a flying car.

Are we so cynical that we’ve lost the joy in seeing something that very few people in the world have seen?

Not everyone, it would seem.

One comment said: “So awesome! The future of transportation.”

Another added: “It’s [an] Xpeng flying car. Looks just like a dream. Xpeng will make history!!”

It remains to be seen whether flying cars like this truly are the future, but it’s definitely an interesting theory, and certainly not something you see every day.

Maybe people just like being cynical about these things online?

Just maybe.

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Tom Wood

Tom started his journalism career soon after completing a Masters degree at the University of Salford. Since then, he’s covered a bit of everything – sport, celebrity and world news.