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Toyota-backed startup SkyDrive kicks off open trials of flying electric car

by Henry Brown

 

Toyota-funded startup SkyDrive has conducted an open test flight of its flying car. The tests involved a vehicle (it is difficult to call it a car yet) under the designation SD-03, and the tests themselves were carried out at the Toyota test site.

The SD-03 is considered the world’s smallest vertical take-off and landing electric vehicle, and is intended to be a “new vehicle for urban life” for users. The device is a large-scale quadrocopter with a cockpit – with the only difference that it has twice as many propellers. This was done on purpose for safety reasons in case of failure of one (or more) screws.

Despite the fact that SkyDrive has already begun open trials of its development, the final version of the vehicle will not appear on public roads (and in the air) soon. The company hopes to obtain permission to fly outside the test site by the end of this year, with a two-seater commercial option expected by 2023. Around the same year, the first flying taxis should appear in Japan.

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