SkyDrive has unveiled the design of its commercial model flying car – the SkyDrive SD-05.
SkyDrive is planning to use the SD-05, currently in development, to launch air taxi service in the Osaka Bay area during the world exposition scheduled for 2025 in Osaka, Japan.
“This is another big step towards the realisation of flying cars and sky roads,” said Takumi Yamamoto, SkyDrive design director.
“Two years have passed since the announcement of the SD-03, which successfully completed its public manned flight test in August 2020, and we are very happy to be able to announce its successor, the SD-05.”
Acquiring type certificate
Headquartered in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture, SkyDrive is a developer and manufacturer of flying cars and cargo drones in Japan.
SkyDrive is in the process of acquiring a type certificate for the SD-05 from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), as the first of its kind in Japan.
The SD-05 is a two-seat, electric-powered compact aircraft with vertical takeoff and landing capabilities.
Operated by a pilot, its flight stability is secured with the assistance of a computer-controlled flight system.
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