In an exhilarating display of innovation and enterprise, automotive giant Toyota and California’s Joby Aviation are embarking on a groundbreaking venture that boldly propels us into the future. Striving to materialize the fantastical realm of science fiction into reality, these two powerhouses are teaming up to sculpt the blueprint for the next generation of transportation—flying cars.
The SD-05 electric vertical take-off and landing vehicle, known as SkyDrive, is a great option for quickly traveling between airports and downtown areas instead of using taxis. In the near future, it is unlikely that many people will have one of these vehicles in their personal garage.
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.
SkyDrive’s eight-rotor machine could revolutionise passenger transport in crowded cities in a few years. There is no universally accepted definition of a flying car, but it is almost universally accepted that these vehicles are characterised by electric propulsion, a fully autonomous autopilot and the ability to take off and land vertically.
Toyota, known for its environmentally friendly hybrid electric cars and the high-tech technologies and standardised active safety systems they feature, agreed back in May 2017 to allow a team of engineers to start developing the flying car technology.