Toyota’s flying car makes air taxis viable for real this time

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Toyota’s SkyDrive has officially conducted its first manned test flight for its flying car. The firm flew the SD-03 vehicle around Toyota’s test field (located in the city of Toyota) with a pilot at the helm. The idea proved that the technology could work as promised out in the real […]

Toyota’s SkyDrive has officially conducted its first manned test flight for its flying car.

The firm flew the SD-03 vehicle around Toyota’s test field (located in the city of Toyota) with a pilot at the helm. The idea proved that the technology could work as promised out in the real world.

Toyota’s fling car is the smallest electric vertical take-off and landing vehicle in the world, that can fit a human inside it. The idea is to usher in a new way of transportation – that is flying to work, instead of driving.

The SD-03 has eight rotors that help it fly, as well as a failsafe mode that will keep it airborne even if multiple motors fail.

We are getting scarily close to air taxis becoming a thing; Toyota has said it expects to have a two-seat commercial flying machine by 2023. That fits in with Tokyo’s plans to also launch flying taxis within the city over the next five years.

The general idea is that small, short-hop aircraft can alleviate traffic and reduce congestion in crowded cities.


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