Backed flying auto could light 2020 Olympic flame

Dora Pope
May 16, 2017

It will give ¥40 million to the Cartivator group that operates outside Toyota city in central Japan.

Since 2012, about 30 Toyota employees have been working on the project in their spare time, according to Nikkei Asian Review. Led by a group called Cartivator, it is being led by Tsubasa Nakamura who won a business contest. Cartivator has relied on crowd funding and other resources to fund its vision of the future.

Cartivator is made up of over 30 volunteers, all donating their time to build the Skydrive auto, which they hope to prep for a manned flight by the end of 2018.

Cartivator plans on working on various aspects of the flying vehicle, till 2018 arrives.

The "Skydrive" cars measure nine and a half feet by four feet and - using drone technology - can travel nearly 33 feet from the ground. And the day before the first prototype of its "flying car" introduced YouTube partner at Google, Brin, Larry page.

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The firm is using drone technology to make flying cars a reality and says the finished product will have three wheels and four rotors, and a projected top flight speed of 62 miles per hour.

It's not exactly a Camry with wings, but Toyota recently showed $375,000 worth of investment intrigue in SkyDrive, a compact, 9.5-foot-long vehicle somewhat reminiscent of a soap box auto, but with three wheels and hover blades similar to a drone.

While in the air, it can fly at speeds of up to 100 km/h, whereas on the ground, the top speed is 150 km/h. Cartivator says on its site it wants the flying vehicle to light the Tokyo Olympic flame stand.

Other flying cars around the world include Retro Tech Flying cars, Jet propelled sky taxi from Germany and Uber's new initiative to test flying cars by the end of 2020.

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