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CES 2022: SkyDrive unveils ultra-compact flying vehicle

Tokyo-based aero vehicle startup, SkyDrive, has unveiled the Model SD-05 flying vehicle, which can realise its vision of air taxis by 2025.



At CES 2022 this week, Tokyo-based startup SkyDrive unveiled its ultra-light and compact flying vehicle, Model SD-03, that had completed testing for piloted flight. It is the first time for the company to showcase its full-scale SD-03 in countries other than Japan.

The flying car is designed to vertically take off and this emission-free electric vehicle enables fast and safe door-to-door transportation anywhere, including uses for emergency rescue. Model SD-05 is currently under development and eyed as an air taxi for World Expo 2025 in Osaka. SkyDrive recently advanced toward commercialisation with the Japanese transportation ministry’s acceptance of its type certificate application for SD-05, a major milestone that no other flying vehicle developers have reached in Japan.

Takehiro Sato, SkyDrive’s chief operating officer, says: “The SD-03 model is the culmination of our expertise in drone technologies and aerodynamic engineering. What we want to see in the future is that SkyDrive’s emission-free vehicles take off from and land in your parking lot and helipads atop buildings, making door-to-door air travel a realistic choice of daily urban transportation. We are working harder and faster than ever to make this once-in-a-century mobility revolution a reality.”

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