Specialists of the Japanese company Cartivator completed the first phase of manned flight test of the prototype of the prospective flying machine SkyDrive. As writes eVTOL, tests were conducted from December 2019 till the end of March 2020, and was considered completely successful.
Development of a flying car is SkyDrive in Japan from 2017. A promising apparatus, which will be accomplished via the schema quadcopter will have a length of 3.6 meters, a width of 1,7 meters and a height of 1.1 meters. According to the draft, the machine can operate at speeds up to 100 kilometers per hour and to move on public roads at speeds up to 60 kilometers per hour.
The height of flight for electric cars is stated at 50 meters. SkyDrive can carry two people or loads weighing up to 400 pounds. The machine can operate under the control of the pilot, and unmanned.
The first flight test SkyDrive unmanned held in 2018. It was originally planned that the development of SkyDrive will be completed by the Summer Olympic and Paralympic games in Tokyo, but the timing of the tests the device was postponed several times.
Now the developers Cartivator plan to complete the development of SkyDrive, certification and commercialization of flying cars before the end of 2023. The developers plan to sell SkyDrive not only as personal transport but also as ambulances or devices for the elimination of consequences of natural disasters.
In March 2019, the American company Goodyear, which manufactures tyres, has introduced the concept of new tires for the flying car which combines the quality of conventional tires and the propeller.
The concept involves the creation of airless tires, which is the space between the tread and the rim is occupied by elastic partitions. When riding on the road these partitions act as dampers and air turns into a propeller blade and creates the lifting and driving forces.