Tokyo: Hollywood actor Robin Williams’s 1997 film ‘Flubber’ features a scene of a ‘flying car’. People have been dreaming for decades that the easier it is to run a car on the roads, the easier it is to fly it in the sky. The desire for such a car is in the minds of most people during the long jam on the road. But now this dream is coming true. Skydrive Inc. of Japan has successfully tested its ‘flying car’ with one person.
The company showed the media a video of it, in which a motorbike-like propeller mounted propellants flew it to a height of several feet (one to two meters) from the ground. The motorcycle remained in the air for four minutes in a certain area. Tomohiro Fukuzawa, who heads the SkyDrive effort, said he expected the ‘flying car’ to be the real product by 2023.
Japan's @Skydrive_jp will introduce what it calls the world's smallest eVTOL (electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing) aircraft.— Bloomberg QuickTake (@QuickTake) August 28, 2020
The earliest you'll get to try this manned flying car is 2023 pic.twitter.com/hieYYQNtjI
However, he acknowledged that making it safe is a major challenge. He said, “More than 100 projects are going on around the world about flying cars. There are only a few of them that have been successful in flying with one person. “I hope many people want to run it and feel safe,” said Fukuzawa. At present only five to 10 minutes can fly, but its flight time can be increased to 30 minutes. It has many possibilities and can also be exported to countries like China.
Work on the Skydrive project began in 2012 as a voluntary project. The project was funded by Japan’s leading automobile company Toyota Motor Corp, electronic company Panasonic Corp and video game company NAMCO. Three years ago there was a test of this car which failed. In 1962, the children’s animated program The Jetsons also envisaged a future flying car.