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A Japanese startup called SkyDrive Inc. has begun conducting test flights of their prototype flying car with a human pilot.
The company hopes to be able to make a full public demonstration of the vehicle later this summer.
Test - Flights - Indoor - Facility - Company
The test flights are being conducted at a protected indoor facility at the company’s research flight center outside of Nagoya.
There have been a number of previous test flights, but they were all conducted via remote control and no human pilot on-board.
Report - Asahi - Shimbun - SkyDrive - Car
According to a report in The Asahi Shimbun, SkyDrive says the car could be ready for a limited retail release as early as 2023, and mass production by 2026.
SkyDrive was founded by former engineers from Toyota and they intend their vehicle to be ‘the world’s smallest flying car.”
Toyota - Company - Infusion - Yen - Vehicles
In 2017, Toyota gave the company an infusion of around $350,000 (or 40million yen) to help develop flying vehicles.
The company said it won’t...
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