Japan's new SD-03 flying car model SkyDrive flew over a 10,000 square meter Toyota test field for about four minutes.
As the world jumps into the future of mobility, many companies dream of making flying a car as real as driving through city streets.
With another step towards this reality, the Japanese SkyDrive - an urban air mobility solutions company, successfully conducted the first manned public demonstration of a flying car in the country.
SkyDrive's new SD-03 flying car model flew over a 10,000-square-meter Toyota test field for about four minutes. A pilot was at the controls, but a computer-aided control system helped ensure flight stability and safety, while field technical staff monitored flight conditions and aircraft performance at all times as a backup.
The propeller-type motorcycle vehicle was designed to be the smallest vertical lift-off and landing model (eVTOL) and a new means of transport for the near future. "SkyDrive wants to realize a society in which flying cars are a convenient and accessible means of transportation in the skies," said CEO Tomohiro Fukuzawa.
The SD-03 flying car power train consists of electric motors that drive rotors deployed in four locations, with each location housing two rotors that rotate individually in opposite directions, each powered by its own engine. The aircraft has two white lights on the front and a red light running around the lower part of the body to make it easier to determine the direction the vehicle is heading when it floats in the sky.
The mobility company says it intends to transform the flying car into a real-life product by 2023, after carrying out further tests, developing technologies and achieving full compliance with safety regulations.
The machine so far can fly for just five to 10 minutes, but if it reaches 30 minutes, "it will have more potential, including exports to places like China," Fukuzawa told the Associated Press.