As the world leaps towards the future of mobility, many companies dream of making flying in a car as real as driving down the city streets. Well, who wouldn’t have dreamt of these cars or at least make jokes about 2020 being hit with a virus rather than a booming market of flying cars.
Well the memes might just stay a joke now because with one more step towards this reality, Japan’s SkyDrive – an urban air mobility solutions company, has successfully conducted the country’s first manned public demonstration of a flying car. * hain, sachi??? *.
Japanese company Sky Drive Inc. has announced the successful test drive of a flying car https://t.co/hoVvtBQX6H
— CNN (@CNN) September 1, 2020
Here are some logistics behind it ?
- In a public demonstration Japanese company SkyDrive Inc successfully tested their flying car dubbed SD-03 at Japan’s Toyota Test Field and the so-called ‘flying car’ circled around the test field for nearly four minutes, as of now.
- The aircraft has one seat and operates with eight motors and two propellers on each corner. It lifted about 3 meters (10 feet) into the air and was operated by a pilot, the company said.
- Tomohiro Fukuzawa, SkyDrive’s chief executive, said on Saturday that five years ago there were various prototypes of flying cars, usually with fixed wings. SkyDrive’s product, he said, was one of the most compact in size and was lighter compared with other designs.
- Ella Atkins, the professor of aerospace, stated- They are going to be more energy efficient than helicopters that use a lot of fuel but they will be less energy efficient than cars because they have to lift themselves, from a cost perspective, they won’t be practical to go to the grocery store.
The vehicle, developed by Toyota-backed SkyDrive, flew as part of a test flight, marking a big step forward in the global push to make cars that can fly, perhaps even ferry passengers from one point to another within a city one day.
I can’t imagine the sky having traffic signal light. Abhi who hi baaki thi, but on the brighter side, it isn’t fuel based, so I guess it’d be okay.
“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,” the company’s CEO, Tomohiro Fukuzawa, said in a statement.
Me too Tomohiro uncle, me too xD, just gonna watch its video on loop till then !
Few more details
- The first public drive was a great success, but still a lot of more developments are awaited and it is planned to be out only by 2023.
- The SD-03 is regarded as the world’s smallest electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle. It is as big as two cars (due to its massive rotors). Sounds pretty huge but not really in the sky .
- The approximate cost and other commercials are sttill not listed but observation said, it’s unlikely that private citizens with a modest income would be able to afford one in the next 20 years.
Kinda confused over the person driving this will be called a driver or a pilot
First successful test flight of flying car in Japan
Source: Sky Drive Inc. pic.twitter.com/e3iqTdHD9H
— Universal Curiosity (@UniverCurious) August 31, 2020
Well surely, science-fiction has spoiled us and we’ve never been able to stop associating the future without flying cars but the company hopes to make the flying car a part of normal life and not just a commodity. More test flights will occur in the future under different conditions to make sure the safety and technology of the vehicle is ensured.