Vector is a drone-concept vehicle, not a flying car

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  • Thursday, 28 Mar 2019

Flying vehicle: The ‘Vector’ being displayed at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace 2019 exhibition. — Bernama

PETALING JAYA: Malaysians have responded cheekily to the unveiling of a scale model of a flying vehicle at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace 2019 (Lima’19) exhibition.

Known as the Vector, the vehicle’s debut has been stealing the limelight at this year’s edition as many participants were eager to see it.

Most of them thought Vector was touted to be the much talked about “flying car”, but it is nowhere near that.

In fact, Aerodyne senior group business development and consulting director Imtyaz Mohd Azzat refuted the idea that the company was developing a flying car because the Vector, to be exact, was designed to be a “point-to-point air transportation system”.

On The Star Online’s Facebook page, Malaysians were quick to say they were not fans of the Vector, but they also had a bit of fun expressing themselves.

Many playfully asked if the model was made from the famous KDK fans.

“It looks like the stand fan in my house. It can be bought at Giant Supermarket for RM69,” said Facebook user Lee Sii Wong.

Some users also criticised the lack of innovation in the project, saying that it was not a brand new idea and that it had been done before.

“It is merely a drone. Nowadays, there are plenty of drones that can carry up to 500kg of load. We were misled to believe that it is a vehicle,” said Daniel Wang.

MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong asked if the Vector was the prototype model of Malaysia’s invention of the flying car meant by the Entrepreneur Development Minister Redzuan Yusof.

“How much was the cost to develop the prototype model? Is it true that it is almost RM1mil? Please compare Malaysia’s prototype model with that of the developed countries, which is ready to be marketed.

“Such a huge difference,” he said, adding that Malaysians would have to reject this “innovative” idea that used “KDK fans”.

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