Sep 12, 2020
The flying car has been the promise of science fiction and technology expos since the 30s when an airplane engineer decided to try and make a plane drivable on the road. Since then there have been numerous false starts and lofty promises while we were still no closer to having a car that with the push of a button could take to the air. All of that is changing, though…or so they say. A Japanese company has reached a little realized threshold of sustaining a manned flight on a multirotor electric vertical take off and landing flying car. While four minutes and a few feet doesn’t sound that impressive, it’s a lot closer than most have gotten in their hopes of designing a mode of transport that operates in three dimensions instead of just the boring old two. SkyDrive Inc’s SD-03 flying car concept joins Hyundai and Uber’s flying taxi as well as concepts from other startups and stalwarts like Boeing and AirBus trying to be first into what could end up being a trillion dollar industry. But are we really three years away from the flying car like Japan hopes, or are there more hurdles for the flying car before we can live our Jetson’s future? Let’s take a look at the Toyota invested SkyDrive SD-03 and what it might mean for the future of the flying car.
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