The bosses of a Japanese technology manufacturer are on Cloud Nine after the successful test flight of a flying car – bringing humanity closer to a future imagined decades ago.
SkyDrive Inc is a start-up technology company from the makers of Cartivator and backed by Toyota who had hoped to have a functioning flying car ready to take part in this years’ postponed Tokyo Olympic Games.
And while the Games may have been cancelled in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the innovators behind the plan have not slowed down.
New footage has shown the company giving their product a test flight – with a video showing the sleek design hovering for four minutes during the trial.
SkyDrive businessman Tomohiro Fukuzawa now hopes the successful test flight will now lead to a flying car being available for mass production by 2023.
The MailOnline quoted him saying: “Of the world’s more than 100 flying car projects, only a handful has succeeded with a person on board.
“I hope many people will want to ride it and feel safe.”
The businessman is said to have shared hopes that future models will be able to maintain flight for up to 30 minutes.
While he also believes the new machines could revolutionise the way goods are exported and delivered.
Boffins hope that the use of EVTOL (Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing) will eliminate the need for airports and will also mean there will be no traffic jams.
Reports as far back as 2017 have suggested SkyDrive aimed to have a flight-capable car ready to be involved in the 2020 Olympic Games – which had been due to take place between 24 July and 9 August this year.
It was suggested the flying car would have been used to light the Olympic flame during the opening ceremony.
Aircraft website Flyer reported in 2017: “They plan to launch Skydrive at the opening ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games by driving into the stadium, changing into flying mode and taking off to light the Olympic flame.”
While the suggested feat was backed by reports that Toyota had invested $350,000 (£262,000) into the project.
The Tokyo Olympics have so far been postponed to 23 July 2021 following the global health crisis posed by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.