Malaysia’s Flying Car Might Not Be Real

The Vector prototype, which debuted at an industry expo this week, is actually a point-to-point drone.

Malaysian officials wanted to develop a flying car.

It was exciting, and the people of the Southeast Asian country were shocked that it was on the agenda — but also eager to see what they would come up with.

This week, the prototype was unveiled at the 2019 Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition.

The result was a collective sigh — as well as some confusion and embarrassment — as the prototype looks like someone pulled apart four desk fans and mounted them to a hastily 3D-printed quadcopter.

Beyond the prototype, the disappointment continued when the company admitted that it wasn't a flying car.

The vehicle's developers at Aerodyne Group admitted that the concept was actually a point-to-point drone designed to bring people and cargo to pre-planned destinations. It could also serve some surveillance applications, and it actually has a slick concept for the interchangeable payload pod.

With four battery-powered motors, the concept will reportedly carry up to 440 pounds with a maximum speed of about 37 mph for 30 to 90 minutes.

No price point has been announced, and the Aerodyne Group said that Vector could be ready to fly as early as June of this year.

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