Japanese engineers supported by Toyota are working on the development of a plane

Jun

5

2017

The group expects to make its first manned flight by the end of 2018.
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TOKYO – Japanese engineers backed by Toyota Motor Corporation on Saturday introduced their plane, which they hope will ignite the Olympic torch at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games.

Cartivator , an emerging company of about 30 engineers , including some young Toyota employees , began developing its SkyDrive aircraft in 2014 with the help of a collective funding campaign.

Kartivator President Tsubasa Nakamura said that while the car is still at an early stage of development, the group expects to make its first manned flight by the end of 2018.

During the presentation, the current test model was able to take off and fly over the ground for a few seconds. Nakamura said the design needed more stability so the model could fly long and high enough to reach the Olympic torch.

Cartivator engineers aim to make their aircraft the smallest electric vehicle in the world, which can be used in small urban areas and hopes to market the car in 2025.

Toyota and its consortium agreed last month to invest 42.5 million yen ($ 385,000) in the project for the next three years. Nakamura said the group was working hard to improve the design, hoping to get more investment from the company.

Companies around the world compete to develop the first aircraft or vehicles capable of taking off and landing vertically. Ober announced its plan to provide a taxi service by 2020 in Dallas, Fort Worth, Texas and Dubai. The Airbus Group is also developing its aircraft under its European Air Mobility division.

But “flying car” makers still face obstacles, including convincing regulators and the public that their products can be safely used. Governments are still grappling with drones and unmanned vehicles.

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