Leading developer of urban air mobility technology, SkyDrive Inc, has announced the world’s first successful drive of a flying car with a human on board.
The public demonstration of its new SD-03 flying car model was conducted at the 10,000-square-meter (approximately 2.5-acre) Toyota Test Field, which is one of the largest test fields in Japan and home to the company’s development base.
During the demo, the car 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.”
The SD-03 is the world’s smallest electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle and takes up the space of about two parked cars, according to the company.
The success of this flight means that it is likely the car will be tested outside of the Toyota Test field by the end of the year, CNN reported.
SkyDrive Inc. 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 meet industry standards.
The company will continue to develop technologies to safely and securely launch the flying car in 2023, the news release said. No price has been announced.
SkyDrive Conducts First Public Manned Flight in Japan
Japanese company successfully tests a manned flying car for the first time