Tokyo-Based SkyDrive Plan To Have Flying Cars In The Air By 2023

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By Anthony McLennan / Truth Theory

Flying cars have long been synonymous with a vision of a futuristic world.

For many of us, that vision may well have come from watching the Back to the Future movies.

Made in 1985, the movie saw Marty McFly sent 30 years into the future when hover-boards, self-lacing shoes and flying cars all existed.

The year 2015 may have come and gone, but it does seem that we could well be seeing flying cars in the air sooner rather than later.

With more than 100 flying car initiatives across the globe, the race is very much on as to which company is able to first produce a viable prototype.

SkyDrive are however particularly confident that they will achieve lift-off within the next three years, with a flying taxi service.

Flying cars are almost like big drones

SkyDrive are planning to meet safety requirements by inserting propellers in all four corners of what will be a small two-seat vehicle.

The car will be battery powered and have a range of several dozen kilometers (the exact number was not stipulated). It will be able to reach a speed of 100km/h.

Effectively a car-sized drone, the concept model (called SD-XX) is 1.5 meters in height, 4 meters long, and 3.5 meters wide. Similar to a helicopter or a drone, take-offs, and landings will be vertical.
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SkyDrive’s CEO Tomohiro Fukuzawa, a former Toyota employee, predicts that in the next 20 years there will be a trillion-dollar global market for flying cars.

The plan, for now, is to roll out a taxi service in the Osaka Bay area and expand from there.

And Fukuzawa believes that by 2050, people in Tokyo will be able to travel to any one of the sprawling city’s 23 wards within 10 minutes.

According to the company boss, the initial model will fly on autopilot, although the driver will be able to take over in case of emergencies.

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