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Japan's Flying Car Takes Off for the First Time with a Passenger On Board

The aircraft has been designed to be the world’s smallest electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing vehicle.

We have all dreamed of flying cars! Imagine swooshing by traffic in the open-air unencumbered by ground traffic rules. Now we might be a step closer to these dreams thanks to Japan's SkyDrive, a developer of urban air mobility solutions.

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On Tuesday, the firm conducted a public demonstration flight of its new SD-03 flying car model at the 2.5-acre (10,000-square-meter) Toyota Test Field, one of the largest test fields in Japan.

The flying car managed to circle the field for about four minutes with a pilot on board. The aircraft also benefited from the support of a computer-assisted control system which helps ensure flight stability and safety.

The single-seat vehicle has been designed to be the world’s smallest electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) model measuring only 6.5 ft (2mt) tall by 13 ft (4mt) wide and 13 ft (4mt) long. When taking off, it only requires as little space as two parked cars.

The aircraft also uses eight motors to ensure its safety in emergency situations and sports two white lights in front and a red light running around the bottom of the body. These additions are designed to help observers recognize which way the vehicle is headed when it is flying in the sky.

SkyDrive claims the vehicle has been engineered to be easily embraced by people. "SkyDrive’s flying car has been designed to be a coupe embodying dreams and exuding charisma, such that it will be welcomed into people’s lives and used naturally," reads the firm's press release.

"The company hopes that its aircraft will become people’s partner in the sky rather than merely a commodity and it will continue working to design a safe sky for the future."

SkyDrive also revealed that it will continue field testing the flying car under different conditions to hone its technology and hopefully acquire compliance with the safety provisions of the Civil Aeronautics Act. 

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