This group, born in 2012 under the name Cartivator, announced that it raised 345.000 euros in aid for the next three years from 15 companies in the Toyota group, including the manufacturer itself.
The engineers involved, from different companies, claim to develop this futuristic car dubbed SkyDrive in their spare time. "Between now and 2018 we plan to finish a prototype," said Tsubasa Nakamura, technical manager of Cartivator, for whom the objective is "to light the flame at the opening ceremony of the 2020 Olympic Games."
"We want to create a world in which anyone can fly in the sky at any time by 2050", in order to unblock urban transport, particularly in developed countries where the number of motorists is set to skyrocket, explain the defenders draft.
SkyDrive, 2,90 m long by 1,30 m wide, will be able to fly at 100 km / h at a height of 10 meters and roll on three wheels at 150 km / h, with a single driver-pilot on board.
Other large companies have recently begun to imagine flying cars. The US car-booking service with driver Uber announced in April a series of partnerships thanks to which it hopes to carry out by 2020 the first demonstrations of a futuristic transport system on demand, using small aerial devices.
The co-founder of the American Internet giant Google, Larry Page, is also seduced by the idea and supports projects in this regard, as does the European group Airbus.
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