New Flying Car Takes Flight In Japan, But There’s A Catch
Japan’s most recent project for a suitable flying car was established in May 2017 with the aim of providing a vehicle that will light the Olympic flame during the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The event has been postponed to 2021 due to the global coronavirus pandemic, which essentially means the team has an additional year to finalize the project. The good news is that the machine’s first test finally took place in Japan last week.
In an official press release, the Toyota engineering team, which goes by the name SkyDrive, informs us that it performed a demonstration flight of its SD-03 vehicle on August 25 at the 10,000 test field. Toyota square meters (approximately 2.5 acres). . This is the first public demonstration of a flying vehicle in Japanese history.
“We are extremely pleased to have made the very first manned flight of a flying car in Japan in the two years since SkyDrive was established in 2018 with the aim of bringing such an aircraft to market,” comments Tomohiro Fukuzawa, CEO of SkyDrive. “We aim to take our social experience to the next level in 2023 and to that end, we will accelerate our technological development and our business development.”
According to information published by the firm, the flying object circled the area for about four minutes and was controlled by an operator assisted by a computer control system. SkyDrive says that “the aircraft was designed to be the world’s smallest electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL)” and to us that description pretty much says directly that it’s not actually a car but rather a small plane.
The construction of the machine includes eight electric motors driving rotors deployed in four positions. SkyDrive says more test flights are planned for later this year and the company even plans to make the first flights outside of the test field area by the end of 2020.