SkyDrive | A flying car developed by a Japanese company
The decades-long dream of driving on highways in the sky may be closer to being realized, after Japan’s SkyDrive, among countless “flying car” projects around the world, carried out a successful – albeit modest – test flight with one person on board.
Yesterday (Friday), the Foundation presented a video showing the height of a strange-looking machine resembling a smooth motorcycle with propellers, from the ground for a distance of one to two meters in an area surrounded by a window for four minutes.
Tomohiro Fukuzawa, who heads the SkyDrive research team, said he hopes the “flying car” will become a realistic product available on the market by 2030, but acknowledged that making it safe is a critical factor, the Associated Press reported. “I hope a lot of people want to ride it and feel safe.”
Fukuzawa said the car can fly so far for only 5 to 10 minutes, but if it can be 30 minutes, it will have more potential.
Unlike aircraft and helicopters, vehicles provide quick point-to-to-point personal travel, at least in principle. This invention can reduce airport troubles and traffic jams, the cost of hiring pilots, and its pilots can fly automatically.
Battery sizes, air traffic control and other infrastructure issues are among many potential marketing challenges.
“A lot of things have to happen,” said Sanjeev Singh, a professor at the Carnegie University Robotics Institute, who is also working on the “Flying Car” project. If it costs $10 million, no one will buy it. If it flies for 5 minutes, no one will buy it.” “If it’s going to fall from the sky often, no one will buy it,” Singh said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.
SkyDrive humbly began as a volunteer project called Cariviator in 2012, funded by major Japanese companies, including Toita Motors, electronics company Panasonic Corps and video game developer Bandai Namco.
The project recently received 3.9 billion yen ($37 million) in funding from the Japan Development Bank. The Japanese government is optimistic about the project, with a “road map” for business services by 2023, and expanded commercial use by 2030, the agency said, emphasizing its ability to connect remote areas and provide a lifeline in disaster situations.