SkyDrive’s flying car made its first manned flight


The startup, which is sponsored by Toyota, conducted the first public display of the SD-03 model at the 10,000-square-meter Toyota Test Field, one of Japan’s largest test fields, SkyDrive said in a statement.

The pilot was in charge of the controls, but also received help from a computer aided control system, in order to “guarantee the stability and safety of the flight”, added the ‘startup’.

Besides, everything the technical team stayed in the field monitoring that the flight conditions were appropriate and that the performance of the vehicle was fine at all times, the company said.

According to the report, aircraft was developed to become the eVTOL (Electric Vertical Take-off and Landing Model) “smallest in the world as a new means of transport for the near future”.

With regard to technical specifications, the car measures two meters high, four wide and four long, and occupies the space of two cars in a parking lot. Also, it incorporates four pairs of propellers and eight electric motors to meet safety standards necessary, the company explained.

The means of transport includes two white lights on the front and one red light on the bottom, which are unique characteristics of flying cars, as they allow people to see where the vehicle is going, the organization reported.

The manufacturer assured that it will carry out test flights, increasing the difficulties to be more prepared for any eventuality, and he hopes to obtain authorization to make tours in other areas before this year is over. Here is a video of how the flight was.

On the other hand, the fact that this flight has been successful does not mean that the sale of this type of car is. According to a scientist’s opinion given to AP and cited by FayerWayer, the cost, duration and safety of the tours are determining factors for people to buy the car.

“If they cost 10 million dollars, nobody is going to buy them. If they fly five minutes, no one will buy them. And if they fall from the sky every now and then, no one will buy them, ”said Sanjiv Singh, a fellow at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.


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