The Japanese government supports the launch of special flying vehicles by 2023, and the vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) industry, with a special focus on renewable electric power systems, is getting attention from many companies in the transportation field.
The company developed (SkyDriveThe two-seat eVTOL vehicle is Japan-based, and is currently in the testing phase, but it is not the only company exploring flying vehicles.
Uber, Boeing, Airbus, AeroMobil and others are exploring vertical take-off and landing (VTOL), hoping to design a safe and commercially viable vehicle to outrun the competitors.
A number of the proposed prototypes are related to the idea of flying taxis that could be piloted by professional pilots and are capable of carrying relatively large numbers of people.
However, in SkyDrive’s case, the company developed a vehicle small enough to fit two parking spaces.
SkyDrive was founded in 2018, and the Tokyo startup focused on designing, developing and manufacturing flying vehicles, and has raised 1.8 billion yen from investors so far.
The company is made up of aircraft, car and drones engineers, and the company signed a deal with Toyota City in 2019 that allows it to take advantage of its 10,000-square-meter development base and in-house testing facilities.
In developed countries, the company says, flying vehicles are expected to be used as a means of transportation to ease traffic congestion, while in developing countries they will likely be used as a form of transportation that requires much less infrastructure.
The prototype of the startup is an experimental two-seat vehicle with two propellers, and the plane is powered by an electric battery, and engineers hope to launch a commercial version capable of achieving speeds of up to 60 km per hour with a range of 20-30 km.
A foreign unmanned flight was conducted in December 2018, followed by manned flights in December 2019 and March 2020.
(SkyDrive) is now working on introducing Improvements On the current technical design, the company hopes to officially launch its flying car in the next few years.
While this may sound ambitious, the Japanese government is keen to support eVTOL projects and wants to see safe and workable cars by 2023.
(EVTOL) vehicles in densely populated countries with sprawling urban cities, such as Japan, can reduce the road traffic burden and provide faster transportation between city areas via helicopters.
It may also be possible for eVTOL vehicles to demonstrate their value in transport to remote areas or in natural disasters for rescue efforts or supply operations.