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eVTOL X2 Flying Car Debuted At GITEX Global 2022

Electric flying cars have been tried before, but the 90 minute eVTOL X2 test flight conducted by the Dubai International Chamber proves that the concept can work.

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GITEX Global 2022 has been the scene of the first viable flight of an electric car. The eVTOL (electronic Vertical Takeoff and Landing) X2, created by Chinese EV company Xpeng, launched from Skydive Dubai on a successful 90-minute test flight, under the watchful eyes of the Dubai International Chamber.

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The eVTOL X2 flying car is impressive not just for its aeronautical capabilities, but also because it produces zero carbon dioxide emissions. The vehicle is designed for cruising at 130 km per hour at low altitudes, with a typical flight time of 35 minutes, and skid-style landing gear that’s perfect for touching down on the rooftops of high buildings — perfect for escaping those annoying traffic queues!

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The Emirates News Agency noted that the International Chamber had made great efforts to attract leading international companies to Dubai. The country is now a leader in future technology and innovation and a hub for multinational companies looking to launch high-tech products to global markets.

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The test flight event was further supported by the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism, and the Dubai World Trade Center Authority.

As for the car itself, the futuristic two-seater eVTOL X2 is noteworthy for its intelligent flight control system and ability to fly autonomously. The vehicle is the latest generation of tech developed by XPENG AEROHT. It features 8 propellers with an electric motor powering each one, as well as a carbon fiber shell which helps to keep weight to an impressive 360kg.

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Initial Trials Of Dubai’s Driverless Evocargo Trucks Completed

Testing was announced on July 17, and the completion is a major milestone towards upgrading the region’s logistics infrastructure.

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A Dubai-based company has completed the initial trials for the UAE’s first driverless trucks. The groundbreaking achievement by Evocargo, partnering with Dubai South, took place at Dubai South Logistics District, and marked a significant step towards incorporating autonomous technologies into the region’s wider logistics infrastructure.

Announced on Wednesday, July 17th, the trials featured the Evocargo N1 unmanned electric truck navigating a predetermined route within a controlled setting. The test involved interactions with common road obstacles such as cars, trucks, and pedestrians, aiming to evaluate the vehicle’s hardware and software reliability, accident prevention systems, and overall readiness for public road use.

Officials were keen to highlight that this accomplishment aligns with the UAE’s ambitious strategy to position itself as a global leader in innovation and technology adoption. The country aims to have 25% of all transportation in Dubai autonomous by 2030, underscoring its commitment to revolutionizing the logistics sector using advanced technologies.

Mohsen Ahmad, CEO of the Logistics District at Dubai South, emphasized the importance of the collaboration with Evocargo in enhancing the region’s logistics capabilities. He noted that autonomous vehicles are set to increase efficiency, reduce carbon emissions, and establish a sustainable logistics infrastructure that will benefit both Dubai and the wider UAE.

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Ahmed Al-Ansi, CEO of Evocargo Autonomous Logistic Services, also expressed optimism that the trials will draw new customers and investments across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. The partnership aims to lead in innovative tech solutions, further establishing the UAE as a pioneer in autonomous transportation.

The successful completion of the trials marks a crucial step towards realizing the UAE’s vision for a technologically advanced and sustainable future in which autonomous vehicles are expected to play a pivotal role in global logistics.

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