When we see a scene of the future in science fiction movies, the first show that there are flying cars and bicycles flying over a high-tech city. While we’ve seen unique, transformative cars that can fly like airplanes, the future is far off. However, if all goes well, we could see a flying car-assisted taxi service in Japan by 2025. Check out the details below now!
SkyDrive partners with Suzuki for the Flying Cars demo
Back in September 2020, Japan-based company SkyDrive Inc. demonstrated the first flight of its unique, EVTOL (vertical take-off and landing) vehicle with one person, focusing on flying cars and cargo drones. Now, the same company has partnered with Suzuki to develop a new model of their EVTOL vehicle for display at the 2025 Osaka World Expo.
Skydrive Inc. Suzuki is currently working with Suzuki to develop a two-seater eVTOL car that can take passengers to and from their destinations by flying cars vertically around the city. The Flying Two-Seater, now called SD-05, will be able to carry a passenger with the pilot/driver and take them to their destination within the city limits.
The company recently announced that it has entered into an agreement with Japanese transport regulators, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism (MLIT) to certify the type of its flying car in the JCAB Airworthiness Inspection Manual ( AIM).
“Our application for type certification was accepted by the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau in October 2021. Since then, we have had numerous discussions with the authorities on ways to develop and design safe aircraft and the means to test them. We have now reached an agreement with JCAB to adopt AIM Part II as the basis for Type Certification. We are very happy that we have taken this one step further by getting the Type Certificate. From here, we will continue to deepen our partnership with JCAB and discuss plans to obtain a Type Certificate, ”said Nobuo Kishi, Skydrive’s Chief Technology Officer.
The company aims to showcase the flying cars at the 2025 Osaka World Expo
Going forward, SkyDrive will continue to develop its two-seater flying vehicle, improve the design and implement safety features. The company aims to showcase the flying car at the 2025 Osaka World Expo and finally launch a taxi service in Japan with a fleet of SD-05s.
So, what do you think of SkyDrive’s plans to make flying cars commercially available? Do you think they will be able to maintain the timeline and complete it successfully? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.