The idea of flying cars being futuristic is no more valid as the Japanese company has publicly tested manned flying car on Aug 25.
In a video recently released by engineering company SkyDrive, a manned compact vehicle can be seen lifting off from a test track and making use of its eight propellers to hover in flight for a few minutes.
The company claims that the aerial test vehicle was airborne for four minutes before being brought down to ground level.
While the test in itself hardly shows a future where aerial vehicles confidently notch up aerial miles over cityscapes, it does point towards such a possibility. “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.
Most interestingly, SkyDrive says it is continuing to thrust forward in making the test vehicle improve its capabilities and that a production version could hit the market for sale as early as in 2023.
And while the expected price tag of $300,000 may seem a whole lot of money, mass production could see the asking price come down.
This vehicle, however, is hardly the only one looking at re-writing the future of personal mobility. Start-ups, tech giants as well as established car makers are working towards having a viable, production-ready flying car in the times to come. These include Hyundai, Toyota, Boeing, Airbus, among others.