Japanese company successfully tests first manned flying car

Japanese company successfully tests first manned flying car

 

In the highly successful movie Harry Potter series, there is a scene where Harry Potter and Ron Weasly escaped riding a magical flying car, an occasion that has always been a dream of many to come through

In this time of global pandemic, the possibility of seeing flying cars in the sky seems not that farfetched anymore.

It was just announced by a Japanese company that it has successfully tested a flying car.

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Last August 25, Sky Drive Inc conducted the public demonstration at the Toyota Test Field, one of the largest in Japan and home to the car company's development base its first public demonstration for a flying car in Japanese history.

The car is named SD-03, manned with a pilot, took off and circled the field for about four minutes.

"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... with the goal of commercializing such aircraft," CEO Tomohiro Fukuzawa said in a statement.

"We want to realize a society where flying cars are an accessible and convenient means of transportation in the skies and people are able to experience a safe, secure, and comfortable new way of life."

SD-03 is currently holds the distinction of the world's smallest electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle and takes up the space of about two parked cars, according to the company. It has eight motors to ensure "safety in emergency situations."

"In designing an unexplored, new genre of transportation known as the flying car, we chose the keyword "progressive" for inspiration," Design Director Takumi Yamamot said.

"We wanted this vehicle to be futuristic, charismatic and desirable for all future customers, while fully incorporating the high technology of SkyDrive.

The company announced that SD-03 will still have to undergo test flight in different conditions to ensure safety and technology of the vehicle meet industry standards.

2023 is the projected launch of SD-03, the company did not give any possible price for when it is commercial available.


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