The generations before predicted that flying cars would be one of the main modes of transport today. While the automobiles are long overdue, they are expected to arrive in the near future as the tech industry is now developing early versions of flying vehicles.
The latest variation in the market, courtesy of Tokyo’s NEC Corporation, has been proven to be a success. Called ‘EVtol’, which stands for “electric vertical takeoff and landing,” the machine hovered in the air for a minute before steadily touching down during its maiden test on 5 August.
The aerial car gracefully ascended about 9.8 feet at a netted NEC testing ground in Tokyo on Monday. No passengers were seated in the vehicle, and people present at the site were instructed to wear helmets for safety.
The drone-like aircraft runs on batteries, and is built with four propellers, three wheels, and what looks like seating capacity for one or two passengers. Its intended purpose is to facilitate deliveries unmanned.
‘EVtol’ is Japan’s first successful flying car, and is poised to be the first of many in the country, as the government plans to launch unmanned aerial couriers by 2023 and send people to the skies by the 2030s.
Its performance is a huge step up from an attempt in 2017 by startup Cartivator, which produced a similar vehicle that unfortunately crashed almost as soon as it took off.
Dubai has also been experimenting on flying cars, and a Singapore startup unveiled a one-seater automobile back in April. In addition, Uber has announced plans to debut “flying taxis” in 2020.