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This Japanese Firm Could Soon Make Flying Cars a Reality

This Japanese Firm Could Soon Make Flying Cars a Reality
September 04, 2020
It might seem like a flight of fancy, but a Japanese firm says it is one step closer to making flying cars a reality after testing a drone-like prototype. Before this, a German company had tested a flying taxi in Singapore in October 2019, saying it hoped its invention would revolutionise travel in traffic-choked cities

Video from engineering company SkyDrive shows its manned compact vehicle using eight propellers to hover into the air and make its way—with a few wobbles—around a test field.

But while the clip may excite fans of Blade Runner and Back to the Future, the test run leaves mankind far from a future of airborne vehicles whizzing into the sky to avoid traffic.

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The company hailed "the first public demonstration of a flying car in Japan" and said the aircraft, around the size of two parked cars, had circled the testing field for four minutes. 

"We want to realise a society where flying cars are an accessible and convenient means of transportation in the skies," SkyDrive CEO Tomohiro Fukuzawa said in a statement. 

The firm said it wanted the vehicle to be available to buy in Japan by 2023, with reports suggesting it could cost upwards of US$300,000.

The car is not the first step humans have taken towards a brave new world of airborne vehicles. 

(Related: Rolls-Royce Unveils A Hybrid Flying Taxi)

A German company tested a flying taxi in Singapore in October, saying it hoped its invention—also shaped like a big drone—would revolutionise travel in traffic-choked cities.

Volocopter had already tested its battery-operated, two-seater taxi elsewhere around the globe but the Singapore trial was the first in the heart of a city.

Several other companies are working on similar projects, including Boeing, Airbus, Toyota and Hyundai.


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