KUALA LUMPUR: Entrepreneur Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Yusof (pic) says that he will witness the test run of the "flying car" on Thursday (Nov 21).
He, however, refused to reveal the location of the test run as it is a closed-door event, adding that the project was a private initiative that is being facilitated by the government.
"We want to make sure that yes, it is real. This is an initiative by younger people who want to use innovation to help create the industry for other people to follow," he told reporters at the Parliament lobby on Tuesday (Nov 19).
The “flying car” project by a private local company was announced at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace exhibition earlier this year and drew derision and sarcastic comments on social media and scepticism from opposition MPs.
In March, the vehicle’s developers, Aerodyne Group, said the car is known as Vector and is a drone powered by four motors running off a lithium-ion battery
“Hopefully, with this initiative, Malaysia can become a hub to manufacture and assemble the aerial vehicle, ” added Mohd Redzuan.
He added that the government did not have the intention to undermine the project as to avoid any speculation in the event that it failed its initial test.
Asked whether he would be the pilot of the vehicle or just be a passenger during the testing, Mohd Redzua said that he was unsure but would "definitely sit in the vehicle”.