The “flying cars” concept has been a dream for many young and old people alike. The Japanese firm SkyDrive seems to be turning this dream into a possible potent reality.
A video recently released by a Japanese company SkyDrive depicted a human in a compact vehicle. The person could be seen lifting the vehicle and hovering, with the help of the vehicle’s eight propellers. The company has said that the vehicle is an actual flying car.
The company has reportedly said the vehicle was airborne for 4 minutes before it landed back on the ground. Albeit the test is not concrete proof that flying cars are arriving in global markets soon, it does provide the potential of having them developed. Soon in the near future shall we witness Vehicles flying across city skyscrapers and waterfalls.
“We want to realise a society where flying cars are an accessible and convenient means of transportation in the skies,” SkyDrive CEO Tomohiro Fukuzawa said in a statement.
The vehicle is called an “SD-03”. The construction and background of “SD-03” are riveting, billed as the smallest electric VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) vehicle in the world. Despite its size, it has eight rotors that help it fly safely even if there’s a motor failure. The technology behind the flying cars is off great mastery.
The Toyota backed company SkyDrive says it is continuing to push forward in making the test vehicle improve its capabilities. They are also striving to make the vehicle available for commercial purchase in the year 2023 which is quite soon. The vehicle in 2023 would only be for sale in Japan. The predicted price for the vehicle is around $300,000. Again this price is expected to drop as the production of the vehicle increases. (Source: Engadget)
However, this isn’t the first to try and engineer a dream for many people alive. Companies like Hyundai, Toyota, Boeing, Airbus, etc as well as other established car manufacturers and startups. All of them seem to be working hard towards the future possibility of having sturdy flying cars available globally for the people.