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Tech & ScienceJapan successfully tests flying car

17:00  05 august  2019
17:00  05 august  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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The flying car lifted a few feet off the ground and made a soft landing after less than a minute.

Along with @AuroraFlightSci we've successfully tested our passenger air vehicle. We continue our progress towards a safe and sustainable urban Meanwhile, Boeing isn't the only company working on flying cars . Uber in 2017 showed off a personal flying pod, and Google's Larry Page last year

Japan successfully tests flying car © Other The flying car was unveiled in front of journalists in Japan The futuristic world depicted in Back To The Future could be closer than we thought.

A flying car has been tested in Japan and was able to hover steadily for about a minute using its four propellers.

Electronics firm NEC unveiled the technology at a facility in the city of Abiko, situated around 22 miles from Tokyo.

Japan successfully tests flying car © Other There are still safety concerns to overcome before flying cars can become commonplace Two brief demonstrations took place inside a giant cage and those watching were told to wear helmets as a precaution.

The Japanese government aims to have people using flying cars by the 2030s and has backed the construction of a huge test course in an area devastated by the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disasters in Fukushima.

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Along with @AuroraFlightSci we've successfully tested our passenger air vehicle. We continue our progress towards a safe and sustainable urban Meanwhile, Boeing isn't the only company working on flying cars . Uber in 2017 showed off a personal flying pod, and Google's Larry Page last year

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There are also hopes to use flying cars to connect islands in the Mie resort area, which is frequented by Hollywood celebrities.

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Japan wants to become a world leader in the sector but could find itself competing with Dubai, which is also aggressively pursuing the technology.

However, there are still huge hurdles to overcome before flying cars can become commonplace - including battery life, the need for regulations and safety concerns.

Flying cars, often called EVtol - electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft - are defined as aircraft which are electric, or hybrid electric, with driverless capabilities and the ability to take off and land vertically.

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A successful test flight has been carried out on a prototype ‘ flying car ’, created by a company in Germany.

Along with @AuroraFlightSci we've successfully tested our passenger air vehicle. We continue our progress towards a safe and sustainable urban Meanwhile, Boeing isn't the only company working on flying cars . Uber in 2017 showed off a personal flying pod, and Google's Larry Page last year

Japan successfully tests flying car © Other Two demonstrations were used to show the car hovering for about a minute The new vehicles aim to be better than helicopters, which are expensive to maintain, noisy to fly and require trained pilots.

A flying car by Japanese startup Cartivator proved unsuccessful after it crashed during a demonstration in 2017, but company bosses say they have since developed their technology so their machines can last longer.

NEC is one of more than 80 companies sponsoring Cartivator's flying car.

Japan successfully tests flying car © Other The car was tested numerous times before the flight Officials say the machine is designed for unmanned flights for deliveries, but flying cars could also be used in disaster relief operations.

Ride-hailing app Uber is also launching its own version of the technology called Uber Air in the US and plans to start demonstrator flights in 2020 and commercial operations in 2023.

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