Japan debuts the first flying car with successful test drive

A Japanese company, Sky Drive Inc. has announced the successful test drive of a flying car, making it the first public demonstration for a flying car in the country’s history.

The company said in a news release, at the Toyota Test Field, the flying car is “one of the largest in Japan and home to the car company’s development base.”

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. It has eight motors to ensure “safety in emergency situations.”

The car, named SD-03, 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.”

Design Director Takumi Yamamot said: “In designing an unexplored, new genre of transportation known as the flying car, we chose the keyword “progressive” for inspiration.

“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.

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.

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.

CNN