Watch Japan's First Flying Car Take To The Skies

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Meet the SD-03 flying car.

For those who can remember the Jetsons cartoons, flying cars already seem like such a passe notion. Why don't we have them already? Surely the answer doesn't lie in the fact that we don't have the technology? We have reported on multiple car manufacturers trying their hand at building flying cars. Audi for example teamed up with Airbus and Italdesign, to produce a pod-style air-lifted taxi, and Hyundai has also signaled its intent to take to the skies. Even Porsche is planning to build one (don't expect a flying 911 though) and flying cars are now legal in New Hampshire so we're definitely making some kind of progress. Now a company called SkyDrive has taken things to the next level with its SD-03 flying car model.

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The company conducted a public demonstration flight of its new SD-03 flying car model on August 25, 2020, and it was the first demonstration of a flying car in Japan. This historic flight took place at the 2.5-acre Toyota Test Field, which is one of the largest such grounds in Japan. The aircraft was seen circling the field for approximately four minutes and was guided by both pilot and computer-assisted control system. The SD-03 flying car model has been designed to be the world's smallest electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) vehicle, and measures only two meters high by four meters wide and four meters long.

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SkyDrive

This flying car needs only as much space as two parked cars to land and is powered by eight electric motors that drive four rotors. Each location houses two rotors that spin in the opposite direction. The vehicle has a clean and sleek look with swooping curves around the rotor housings and also includes two lights in front and a red light running around the bottom of the body, which makes it easy to spot in the sky. The SD-03's body is finished off in Pearl white. SkyDrive plans to continue with testing to improve on the technology with the aim of achieving full compliance with the safety provisions of the Civil Aeronautics Act and eventually taking to the skies outside of the Toyota testing ground.

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