SkyDrive has already demonstrated two years ago that it will soon be able to launch a safe air taxi service over Tokyo. Now they are even closer. SkyDrive has already conducted a manned test of an electric small aircraft in and outside Japan two years ago.
The trials went so well that the Japanese Ministry of Transport has accepted the manufacturer’s application for a certificate for a new type of taxi service. According to SkyDrive, their success is demonstrated by the fact that no other vehicle developer in Japan has been able to do this.
The company recently unveiled an ultra-lightweight device that gives a glimpse into a unique pay-as-you-go option for the future. The model is called the SD-03, but the future process would use the more advanced SD-05, not the SD-03. The vehicle, which is still in development, can only carry one person, for a very pointed reason, according to Republic World: SkyDrive would be limited primarily to ride-hailing.
The company’s vision includes the door-to-door transport of larger parcels weighing up to 400 kilograms. The eight propellers will allow the vehicle to stay airborne for 5-10 minutes, during which time it can reach speeds of up to 40-50 km/h. So it won’t be good for very long distances, but that’s not what SkyDrive has in mind. The aim is to be fast, safe and emission-free by 2025.