On August 25th, flying cars took another step closer to reality. Sky Drive Inc., a company aiming to commercialize flying car travel, debuted its prototype, the SD-03 at the Toyota Test Field in Japan.
The craft managed to rise several feet into the air and the pilot then proceeded to fly around the field for around 4 minutes. The craft itself is white with eight propellers and room for one pilot seated in the middle. It takes up the space of around two small cars and is apparently the smallest vertical takeoff craft in the world.
CEO Tomohiro Fukuzawa expressed his hope for the future of the SD-03 at the event, stating that “we are extremely excited to have achieved Japan’s first-ever manned flight of a flying car in the two years since we founded SkyDrive… with the goal of commercializing such an aircraft.”
Sky Drive Inc. plans to bring flying vehicles into everyday life very soon, with further tests planned for later in the year under various conditions to test safety. Sky Drive is currently planning to launch the first commercial flying car by 2023, although a price is yet to be announced.