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Officially: World’s First FLYING CAR by 2020 to Start Demo Flights, by 2023 Sales Start

Next-generation mobility capable of vertical take-off and landing “Flying car” has attracted worldwide attention. In Japan, the government has made a roadmap, such as formulating a roadmap, and moves towards realization are full-scale.  Guess what kind of moving society is going to be created.

More than 120 companies worldwide are developing this competition. KITTY, the headquarter of U.B.Technologies, a major US-based dispatch service aiming for test flight in 2020, is invested by Mr. Larry Page, a leading aircraft company Airbus and Audi coalition, Rolls-Royce Ltd., English Rogers Royce, and Google Inc. Hawk and other such players are celebrating their flying cars.

In such circumstances, altogether they’re trying to make it possible to fly in the world, as an initiative from Japan, the flying car “SkyDrive” developed by volunteer group CARTIVATOR (Katy Beta).

Mr. Tomohiro Fukuzawa, who is a co-representative of Toyota Motor and serves as a co-representative of Katy Beta said: “Our goal is to allow anyone to fly at any time by 2050 To create a new era “.

In the summer of 19, we will do manned flight test indoors. And in 2020 when the Tokyo Olympic Games will be held, we are planning to reach the test flight outdoors and aim for lighting on the torch.

In Europe and the United States, the development of flying cars with fixed wing type is progressing, but “Although the distance can be flew, the aircraft becomes bigger and the place where you can run on land and the place to land will be limited” (Mr. Fukuzawa). 

Therefore, SkyDrive aims to realize the world’s smallest size, two-seater with eight propellers arranged at the corners of the aircraft.

Electric driving suppresses exhaust gases and noise, and even without a runway, if there is space for two parking spaces in convenience stores, you can take off and landing in the vertical direction, so you can operate it even in the town in the ultimate way. “For example, the rooftop of the current buildings still has few specifications that can withstand the helicopter with the aircraft weight of 5 tons or more, and the majority of it is still unused in terms of mobile service. Sky Drive sets the maximum takeoff weight to 400 kg. We can set this, and if this is the case, we can effectively utilize the rooftop of the existing building as a moving base, “Mr. Fukuzawa said.

Depending on the evolution of the battery etc., SkyDrive is scheduled to be about 20 to 30 km in flight distance at maximum speed of 100 km at flight as of 23 years aiming at production of several units per year. The aircraft price is initially targeted at about 350,000$-450,000$ for one super car. It can also be reduced to less than half if mass production is promoted, and costs such as fuel and maintenance are low compared to helicopters. It is thought that automated driving of flying cars is going to proceed from the 2030s, and as a mobile service you can expect a taxi-equivalent price in the future.

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