Volkswagen Group China has unveiled its futuristic X-wing passenger drone prototype.
The V.MO - which was nicknamed 'Flying Tiger' by the manufacturing team due to its black and orange stripes - is a fully electric personal aircraft that is 37 feet long and 35 feet wide.
The prototype concept is based on existing autonomous driving solutions and battery technology for emission-free mobility. It uses an X-wing configuration to hold six propellers while it has two propulsion propellers attached to the back of the body. It also has helicopter skids to ease take-off and landing and to make it easier for passengers to get in and out.
The group will conduct several flight tests later this year to optimise the concept and an improved prototype will undergo further advanced test flights by late summer 2023.
In its final future iteration, the fully electric and automated eVTOL could eventually carry four passengers plus luggage over a distance of up to 200km.
Dr. Stephan Wöllenstein, CEO of Volkswagen Group China, said: "Through this pilot project, we are bringing Volkswagen's long tradition of precision engineering, design, and innovation to the next level, by developing a premium product that will serve the vertical mobility needs of our future tech-savvy Chinese customers.
"This is a pioneering project which our young team of Chinese experts started from scratch - they are working with new design concepts and materials while developing new safety standards, disrupting and innovating every step of the way.'"