Toyota-backed company successfully tests flying car
SkyDrive hopes to put a model into production in 3 years
SkyDrive's SD-03 prototype took off in a field enclosed by a net, circled about for around 5 minutes, and successfully landed on August 25. SkyDrive, which said the vehicle is designed to be the world's smallest electric vehicle that can take off and land from a vertical position, plans to introduce it commercially in 2023, Chief Technology Officer Nobuo Kishi said in announcing the test flight.
"We want to realize a society where flying cars are an accessible and convenient means of transportation in the skies and people are able to experience a safe, secure and comfortable new way of life," SkyDrive CEO Tomohiro Fukuzawa said in a statement.
The SkyDrive aircraft is about 6.5 feet tall and 13 feet wide, and runs off eight electric motors that power different aspects of the craft, which includes four pairs of rotors, two white front lights and a red light that runs around the bottom of the aircraft's body.
(Source: CBS News)