Japan is one of several high-tech markets where significant progress is being made toward the development of flying cars. SkyDrive, a Japanese technology company, has teamed up with Suzuki to create the country’s first electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) transport.
The Japanese government has given SkyDrive permission to commercially manufacture the vehicle. Suzuki will assist in the development of future flying car technology, according to the technology company.
Furthermore, the manufacturer has received base type certification from the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism (MLIT), indicating that the flying car is getting closer to commercial production.
The eVTOL transport is a complex machine, and its approval process has been lengthy and laborious.
Prior to this, SkyDrive applied for a manufacturing approval certificate for its SD-05 small aircraft, and the JCAB requested that the developer “allow flexibility in the shape of the airframe and aircraft system.”
The company intends to start manufacturing its flying car for flight demonstrations soon. SkyDrive anticipates that the taxi service will begin in 2025, pending the completion of the certification process, which could take another two years.
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