Toyota Developing Flying Car To Light The 2020 Olympic Torch

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Toyota is financing a flying car project that developers wish it could be employed to torch the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The Japanese automaker has recently invested $375,290 (Rs 2.43 Crore approx.) on the new flying car project.

Called as SkyDrive, the flying car is being developed by a team named 'Cartivator'. Their current aim to have a working prototype for a manned test flight ready by 2018. The drone-looking, 9.5 foot long SkyDrive vehicle is designed to reach top speeds of up to 100 km/h as it rises to 10 meters (33 feet) above the ground.

The flying car would be straightforward and spontaneous suitable for a non-pilot to control, and can simply take off from the typical old highway.

Cartivator consists of about 30 volunteers led by Tokushima University drone expert Masafumi Miwa and backed by Toyota's mechanical engineers.

The team is also receiving support from Taizo Sun, the founder of GungHoOnline Entertainment, along with an enthusiastic group of crowd funders who have pledged about $22,000 (Rs 14.20 lakh) to help them meet its target.

The aim to get SkyDrive in the air by 2018 and commercialised in time to be the torchbearer for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games. The SkyDrive concept is a small, one-seated craft sided on each corner by large propellers, giving the flying car the image of an oversized quadcopter.

After the public demonstration at the 2020 Olympics; the group hopes to begin public sales of SkyDrive in 2023.

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Story first published: Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 18:21 [IST]
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