SkyDrive unveiled its ultra-light and compact flying vehicle, the model SD-03 at CES 2022. The vehicle has completed testing for piloted flight. It is also the first time SkyDrive has showcased its full-scale SD-03 in other countries than Japan.
The flying car is designed to vertically take off and land with superb stability. It is also emission-free, therefore enabling fast and safe door-to-door transportation anywhere, including being used for emergency rescue. With 8 propellers and a maximum cruise speed of 40-50 km/h, the SD-03 has a flight time of 5-10 minutes. Regarding the SD-05, the model is under development and is eyed to be an air taxi for World Expo 2025 in Osaka.
Additionally, SkyDrive has further advanced towards commercialization as a result of the Japanese transportation ministry’s acceptance of its type certificate application for the SD-05. This is a major milestone that no other flying vehicle developer has reached in Japan.
As SkyDrive Chief Operating Officer Takehiro Sato said, “The SD-03 model is the culmination of our expertise in drone technologies and aerodynamic engineering. What we want to see in the future is that SkyDrive’s emission-free vehicles take off from and land in your parking lot and helipads atop buildings, making door-to-door air travel a realistic choice of daily urban transportation.”
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