SkyDrive takes your manned SD-03 vehicle for a short ride around the clouds.
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We’re getting a little closer to you gift (and not to come) like that of Futurama.
A Beginning SkyDrive released a video of a pilot flying a car over the Toyota test field in Toyota, Japan. The car company is funding the company and the project has been in development for years. The ultimate goal: create a flying taxi by 2023.
Something that gives new meaning to the concept of “driving”.
“Of the more than 100 air vehicle projects in the world, only a few have been successful with one person on board,” the company’s executive director Tomohiro Fukuzawa told The Associated Press. “I hope a lot of people want to try and feel safe.”
The single-seat car is powered by a battery and four pairs of propellers. In the video, it rises almost two meters above the ground and remains hanging for about five minutes. Can’t a drone do that? Maybe, but a human pilot drove this car, which makes this test flight particularly meaningful and impressive.
So far, the SD-03 can only fly five to ten minutes at low speed. In the next phase, however, it is pumped to 64 km / h with a flight duration of 30 minutes.
The car is 4 meters long and two meters high, so it will fit in two average parking spaces in a congested city.
“In developed countries, flying cars are expected to be used as a means of transport for congestion relief and disaster response, while in developing countries they are likely to be used as a means of transport that requires much less infrastructure, the company said in a press release.