Written by Kfir Kedem - September 03, 2020
Edited by Asaf Kedem
News has been circulating around SkyDrive’s flying car. The Japanese company has recently completed a manned test with the “car” flying three meters high. SkyDrive are looking toward a future where all cars are in the sky and already have the backing of 100 big name companies such as Toyota and Panasonic.
The electric air vehicle is powered by eight motors that are connected to two propellers. It is able to take off and land vertically, which means that unlike a plane, no runway area is needed.
SkyDrive is reaching for air mobility and plan to launch this vehicle in 2023. In the meantime, Uber and Hyundai have also partnered up to develop what they call “air taxis.”
Auto Trendy’s take:
While it seems like a great idea and probably a lot of fun, it is likely not safe to let people fly these vehicles with their regular driving licenses. The same way every day drivers aren’t able to fly planes; they should be able to operate these flying cars. It could be that driving schools start teaching “driving” on flying cars, or they go the autonomous route. Uber is already heavily invested in developing autonomous technology and to combine this technology with their air taxis could be a total winner. With enough of these air taxis operating, congestion would be drastically reduced, and traffic would be a problem of the past.