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'Flying car' tested by the Japan which hovers steadily for a minute




Flying car' hovers steadily in test flight by Japanese electronics company NEC


Japanese electronics maker NEC Corp. on Monday showed a “flying car,” a large drone-like machine with four propellers that hovered steadily for about a minute.The test flight reaching 3 meters (10 feet) high was held in a gigantic cage, as a safety precaution, at an NEC facility in a Tokyo suburb.

The Japanese Government is behind so-called flying cars, with the goal of having people using them by the 2030s.

A flying car by Japanese startup Cartivator proved unsuccessful after it crashed during a demonstration in 2017, but company bosses say they have since developed their technology so their machines can last longer.

NEC is one of more than 80 companies sponsoring Cartivator's flying car.

The goal is to deliver a seamless transition from driving to flight like the world of “Back to the Future,” although huge hurdles remain such as battery life, the need for regulations and safety concerns.

NEC officials said their flying car was designed for unmanned flights for deliveries but utilized the company’s technology in its other operations such as space travel and cybersecurity.

Similar projects are popping up around the world, such as Uber Air.

The global ridesharing giant's aerial taxi service pilot — which will run in Melbourne as well as the US cities of Dallas and Los Angeles — aims to connect transport hubs like airports to central city sites.

The rideshare company said test flights were due to start from 2020 and plans were for commercial operations to begin from 2023.

News credit :Japan times


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super it's Good project for world wide,  improve the flying height above 15 to 20 meters and added to the Airbag system for passenger safety, Navigation system and add Highly equiped sensors.All the best for this flying car project team.

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Hi, my educated guess would be in some long years... besides the tech challenge there's the legal one. BTW even for the prototype consider the weight of lights, wipers and stiff nets for people vs blade protection;  (I wonder why there's no way to invert the gravitational polarity (in a controlled fashion), to stay off the ground) creating an antigravity field to bodies..... ; )

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