Japanese startup SkyDrive confirmed that it has completed the first manned test flight of its SD-03 flying car. With videos showing the vehicle in action.
Japanese startup reveals videos of flying car’s first manned test flight
SkyDrive said in a press release that the test flights, which were conducted on August 25 at the 10,000-square-meter Toyota Test Field, lasted for about four minutes. And a pilot was in the SD-03. But to ensure stability and safety. A computer-assisted control system was used. Along with technical staff that monitored flight conditions and the flying car’s performance.
SD-03 is designed to be the smallest electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) vehicle in the world. And, it only taking up the space of two parked cars. SD-03 flying car uses eight motors, with two rotors in four locations, to ensure safety during emergency situations.
SkyDrive plans to launch flying cars by 2023
“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.”
“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 hopes to make the flying car a part of normal life and not just a commodity. SkyDrive said that it will continue conducting test flights in more conditions. And that it is aiming to acquire approval to fly the SD-03 outside the Toyota Test Field before the end of the year.
The company will continue to develop technologies to safely and securely launch the flying car in 2023.