First-Ever Flying car Takes Flight in Japan. Read below to know more about this awesome machine
Overview of the New Flying car
The most recent project for a proper flying car Japan has made was established in May 2017. And it has a goal behind it. This goal is to provide a vehicle that will light the Olympic Flame during the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
The event was postponed to 2021 and this was due to the global negative impact of the corona-virus pandemic. This means that the team now has an extra year to finalize the project. However, the good news is that the machine has its first test run in Japan last week.
The team of Toyota engineers, which calls itself SkyDrive, made known in an official press release that it has conducted a demonstration flight of its SD-03 vehicle on August 25. And this took place at Toyota’s 10,000 square meter which is approximately 2.5-acre test field. And this marks the first public demonstration of a flying vehicle in Japan’s history.
CEO of SkyDrive Comment
Tomohiro Fukuzawa, CEO of SkyDrive comments “we are extremely excited to have achieved Japan’s first-ever manned flight of a flying car in the two years since we founded SkyDrive in 2018 with the goal of commercializing such aircraft.” “We aim to take our social experiment to the next level in 2023 and to that end we will be accelerating our technological development and our business development.”
However, according to the information which the firm released, the machine circled the area for four minutes approximately. It was controlled by an operator that was assisted by a computer control system. “The aircraft has been designed to be the world’s smallest electric Vertical Take-off and Landing (eVTOL)” says SkyDrive. With this description, you will know that this machine isn’t actually a car rather it is a small aircraft.
In constructing the machine, eight electric motors were deployed in four positions. SkyDrive added by saying that further test flights are planned for later this year. Moreover, the company is even planning on making the first flights outside the test ground area. And that will be by the end of this year.