We’ve seen in movies like The Fifth Element or the Back to the future saga: flying cars have always been a source of fascination.
Even though the idea of a land and air vehicle has captured the imagination since the second world war, the fantasy around flying cars has never hit the commercial reality.
Projects are underway all over the world, for example in the Netherlands, where one company hopes to commercialize its first model that will ‘run the clouds’ for real in 2018.
However, PAL-V is not the only one. Different types of flying cars are currently being developed in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Japan. In Japan, the Toyota group has just invested more than 320 000€ in the Skydrive, a flying car developed by a group of Japanese engineers which they hope will be used to light the Olympic torch in Tokyo 2020.
In addition to the Toyota engineers; Masafumi Miwa, a drone specialist and mechanical engineering professor at Tokushima University, and Taizo Son, the founder of video gaming studio GungHo Online Entertainment, are also working on the project. “SkyDrive”, with dimensions of 2.90 m by 1.30 m, will fly at 100 km / h and at a height of 10 metres, and roll on three wheels at 150 km / h, with just one driver according to the details on their website.
Further proof of the interest in flying car projects, can be seen from the involvement of some big names. In April, Uber, announced a series of partnerships which hope to deliver the first on-demand small aircraft transport systems by 2020.
Louis, Consultant, Leyton Benelux
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