Cars and motorcycles flying around in a high-tech metropolis are the first thing we perceive when we see a picture of the future in science fiction movies. While we’ve seen amazing convertible automobiles that can take off like an Aeroplan, such future may be a little too far away for the time being. However, if everything goes well, a flying car-backed taxi service in Japan might be operational by 2025. Right now, have a look at the details listed below!
Skydrive and Suzuki Collaborate on Flying Car Demos
Skydrive Inc., a Japanese firm that focuses on flying vehicles and freight drones, demonstrated the maiden flight of their unique eVTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) vehicle with a human onboard in September 2020. The same business has now teamed up with Suzuki to create a new model of their eVTOL vehicle, which will be shown during the 2025 Osaka World Expo.
The business recently stated that it has obtained an agreement with Japan’s transportation regulators, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism (MLIT), to use the JCAB Airworthiness Inspections Manual to type-certify their flying vehicle (AIM).
“In October 2021, the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau accepted our application for type certification. Since then, we’ve had several conversations with the authorities about how to create and design safe aeroplanes, as well as how to test them. The JCAB and us have now agreed to use AIM Part II as the foundation for type certification. We’re overjoyed that we’ve taken another step toward earning a type certificate. “From here, we’ll continue to strengthen our relationship with JCAB and discuss preparations for acquiring a type certificate,” said Skydrive’s Chief Technology Officer, Nobuo Kishi.
Skydrive will continue to improve the design and add safety features to its two-seater flying vehicle in the future. The business plans to show off the flying car during the 2025 Osaka World Expo before launching a taxi service in Japan with a fleet of SD-05s.