New Japanese Flying Car Gets Off The Ground

By Bloomberg

The country is getting ready for commercial services of flying car in just 5 years

It was caged and only whole word for about a minute, but it flew: a new flying car.

Made by NEC Corporation, the vehicle is essentially a large drone with 4 propellers that’s capable of carrying people. the Japanese electronics maker demonstrated the machine, flying without a passenger, at Tokyo suburb recently. powered by a battery, it rose briefly to about three-metre above the ground before settling down again.

Flying ambition

behind the somewhat underwhelming demonstration lies a bigger ambition: Japan’s aim to become a leader in flying car after missing out and advancement in technology such as electric car and ride-hailing services. the countries technological roadmap cause for shipping goods by flying car by around 2023 and letting people write in flying car in cities by the 2030s. That Drone that’s being tested is 3.9 metres long, 3.7 metres wide and 1.3 metres tall.

Autonomous future

“Japan is densely populated country and that means the flying vehicle could alleviate the burden on road traffic”, Said Kouji Okada, a leader of the project at NEC. “we are positioning our self as an enabler for air mobility, providing location data and building communication infrastructure for flying cars”.

For the past few years, Japan has seen the emergence of a small, passionate flying vehicle community that believes Japan has the engineering expertise and write environment to foster a global flying vehicle industry. venture capitalists in the country set up a specialised fund, known as the Drone fund, devoted to investing in autonomous aircraft and flying vehicle business.

Japan isn't the only country seeking to usher in flying car utopia. Dubai Singapore and New Zealand have expressed similar intentions as well.