- Sky Drive Inc started making prototypes for flying cars in 2014
- The first test drive was conducted on August 25 with the car taking off with one person aboard
- The company hopes to produce more cars by 2023 for the market
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An automobile company in Japan has successfully completed the first test drive for a flying car.
The test drive for the Sky Drive Inc car was conducted on August 25 at the Toyota Test Field, one of the largest in Japan and home to the car company's development base.
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The car, named SD-03, manned with a pilot, took off and circled around the field for about four minutes, as reported by CNN.
"We are extremely excited to have achieved Japan's first-ever manned flight of a flying car in the two years since we founded Sky Drive... with the goal of commercialising such aircraft," CEO Tomohiro Fukuzawa said in a statement.
The SD-03 entered history as one of the world's smallest electric vertical take-off and landing vehicle that takes up the space of about two parked cars.
The vehicle has been designed with one seat and eight motors with two propellers on each side to ensure safety in emergency situations.
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"In designing an unexplored, new genre of transportation known as the flying car, we chose the keyword "progressive" for inspiration.
"We wanted this vehicle to be futuristic, charismatic and desirable for all future customers, while fully incorporating the high technology of SkyDrive," Design Director Takumi Yamamot said.
The process for making a flying car was started in 2012 by members of a volunteer organisation called Cartivator before Sky Drive started making prototypes for the car in 2014.
The company hopes to revolutionalise the automobile industry with the flying car and more tests are set to be undertaken in the future under different conditions to ensure its safe for use.
The company will continue to develop technologies to safely and securely launch the flying car in 2023, the news release said. No price has been announced yet.
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