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March 24, 2022

Suzuki Wants To Build Flying Cars For Japan, India

Suzuki Motor Corporation and SkyDrive, Inc. have announced a partnership for the commercialization of flying cars.

For this, Suzuki is partnering with SkyDrive, a leading manufacturer of flying cars in Japan, and is currently engaged in the development of a compact, two-seating electric-powered flying car (see lead photo) with plans for full-scale production.

SkyDrive and Suzuki will start consideration to collaborate in areas of business and technology that include technology R&D, planning of manufacturing and mass-production systems, development of overseas markets with an initial focus on India, and promotion of efforts to attain carbon neutrality.

Globally, SkyDrive aims to begin air taxi service during the 2025 World Exposition in Osaka, Japan, as well as to initiate service in other regions of Japan.

Flying cars are formally known as eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) aircraft. eVTOL are characterized by electrification, a fully autonomous autopilot, and vertical takeoff and landing. It is considered as a new advancement in the field of mobility. The project is expected to lead to taxi services in urban areas, new means of transportation for remote islands and mountainous areas, and emergency transportation in times of disaster. A roadmap has been formulated by the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism (MLIT) for the start of business in 2023 and full-scale deployment in 2030.

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