The world’s foremost developer of urban air mobility solutions, SkyDrive Inc., has on the 28th of August 2020 announced its test-drive of the new SkyDrive #3, SD-03 flying car model in a public demonstration which took place on the 25th of August 2020. According to SkyDrive, the test-drive which took place within its Toyota Test Field which is the company’s development base, and one of the largest test fields in Japan with a 10,000 square metre space; was the first ever public demonstration of a flying car in Japan.
SD-03 is a single-seat e-VTOL, an electrical Vertical Take-Off and Landing model car measuring two meters high (circa 6 feet high), four meters wide (circa 12 feet wide), and four meters long (about 12 feet in length). The size takes the average space of two parked conventional cars.
It took off early evening of the 25th of August, circled the Toyota Test Field for about four minutes, with a pilot (driver)at the helm, and with the help of a computer-assisted Control System, which helped to to ensure the stability of the flight and its safety. Additionally, there were technical staff at the field to monitor the flight conditions and the performance of the flying car.
SkyDrive said in a press release that “the aircraft has been designed to be the world’s smallest electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) model as a new means of transportation for the near future.
According to SkyDrive, “The powertrain consists of electric motors that drive rotors deployed in four locations, with each location housing two rotors that individually rotate in opposite directions, each driven by its own motor. The use of eight motors is a means of ensuring safety in emergency situations during flight and as such aims to address compliance standards and allay potential regulatory concerns.
“The key word guiding the aircraft’s design was “progressive,” as befits a new mode of transportation. Viewed from the side, the fuselage has a lean, sleek look with the rotor housings extending out in swooping curves that maintain the visual unity of the aircraft’s design and emphasize its aerodynamic qualities. With the striking SkyDrive emblem fitted on the front, the SD-03’s visual design expresses the dynamism of a pair of propellers rising up into the sky of the future, working in tandem. The aircraft has two white lights in front and a red light running around the bottom of the body and these are a characteristic unique to flying cars, designed to make it easy for observers to tell which way the vehicle is headed when it is floating in the sky.
“SkyDrive’s flying car has been designed to be a coupe embodying dreams and exuding charisma, such that it will be welcomed into people’s lives and used naturally. The main exterior color of the SD-03 is pearl white, which was chosen to represent white birds and the floating clouds in the sky of users’ future. The company hopes that its aircraft will become people’s partner in the sky rather than merely a commodity and it will continue working to design a safe sky for the future as a partner in the sky.
“SkyDrive will continue to conduct test flights under an expanding range of conditions in order to improve its technologies further and achieve full compliance with the safety provisions of the Civil Aeronautics Act. To this end, based on the results of SD-03 testing, it aims to obtain approval for flights outside the limits of the Toyota Test Field before the end of 2020.”
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The target deadline for the commercial release of the SD-03 is 2023. Meanwhile, the model will be tested under varying conditions and locations while in development.
Source: SkyDrive Inc.