A Japanese firm SkyDrive is one step closer to make flying cars a reality for mankind. The firm has recently tested a drone-like prototype.
A video has been released by the Skydrive (engineering firm) where it shows a manned compact drone type vehicle using eight propellers to hover around in circles- a few rounds- around the field. Though, it is still a long way for mankind to witness the future in airborne vehicles moving and whizzing around into the sky to avoid traffic.
Meanwhile, the engineering company Skydrive hails, “the first public demonstration of a flying car in Japan” and informed that the prototype aircraft, over a size of two parked cars, has circled the testing field for around four minutes.
“We want to realise a society where flying cars are an accessible and convenient means of transportation in the skies,” SkyDrive CEO Tomohiro Fukuzawa said in a statement Friday.
The firm also claimed that it wanted the vehicle to be ready and available in the market of Japan for sale by 2023. The reports also conclude the estimated price of the vehicle to be around $300,000.
But, this is not the first time a company has taken a step to a new world of airborne vehicles. A German company in October has tested a flying taxi in Singapore and said, “ they hoped the invention — also shaped like a big drone — would revolutionise travel in traffic-choked cities.”
Volocopter also had already tested its battery-operated, two-seater taxi somewhere on the globe but the Singapore trial was the first in the city. Meanwhile, other companies are also working on similar projects around the globe including Toyota, Hyundai, Airbus and Boeing. However, there is no such estimated timeline provided by any of them as done by SkyDrive.