SkyDrive SD-03-the future of unmanned transport is here

2020-09-11

SkyDrive SD-03-the future of unmanned transport is here
Since 2012, Cartivator, a group of Japanese developers in the automotive and aviation industry, came up with the idea of creating a flying car. For four years, they worked on a model and prototype of an unmanned vehicle as a non-profit organization, attracting more volunteers and advertising themselves to potential investors.

Having collected enough information about the feasibility of creating a flying self-driving car, the group organized startup SkyDrive in 2018 with the financial support of companies such as Toyota, Panasonic, Bandai Namco, and others.

After 8 years of active work on the unmanned transport project, SkyDrive conducted the first public test flight of the SD-03 flying car. The test run was conducted over a test area in the city of Toyota, which is one of the largest landfills in Japan and the company's development base.

There was one pilot in the SD-03, but the flight was controlled by a computer system. The flight lasted about 4 minutes, during which the technical staff constantly monitored the flight conditions and characteristics of the aircraft.

General characteristics of the SD-03 flying car:
- vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL)
- the ability to stay in the air for 5 to 10 minutes
- dimensions of the aircraft: two meters high and four meters long (two parking spaces)
- the transmission consists of electric motors that drive rotors that are deployed in four places and rotate in opposite directions, each of which is driven by its engine.




By 2023, the developers plan to launch an air taxi in the cities of Tokyo or Osaka. Initially, flights will be made over water to avoid the risks associated with flights over populated areas. The cabin will have space for one pilot, who will take control in emergencies, and for one passenger.



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