Japanese company CEO talks about the future of flying cars

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TOKYO (NewsNation Now) — A Japanese company has successfully taken their flying car prototype into the sky and NewsNation exclusively spoke to the CEO, Tomohiro Fukuzawa, about his plans for making flying cars a part of our everyday lives.

Fukuzawa said his latest innovation SD-30 is turning his childhood dream into a reality. 

SkyDrive Inc. has only been a company since July 2018. The company released the first public video of the vehicle taking flight on Aug. 25. In the video, posted to YouTube, the SD-03 is manned by a single pilot who took off at the Toyota Test Field in Tokyo.

Workers watched and cheered behind an enclosed fence.

Fukuzawa said their main mission is to mass produce flying cars. He hopes to have the vehicle cleared for takeoff by 2023. 

“We made more than 100 ideas about mobility,” said Fukuzawa. “And finally came up with …’oh how about making flying cars?’ It’s very, very fantastic and we want to ride too.”

He said he hopes to start sales of SD-30 by 2023 and mass production by at least 2025. But for right now, his team is focused on testing the car and making it more user friendly. 

“For example, we have now one seat but we have to make two seats,” said Fukuzawa.

The first test drive released publicly in August showed the device in the air for about four minutes, but he wants to ensure the car can survive strong wind and heavy rain.

“We have to develop safety level as same as airbus or boarding aircraft level,” said Fukuzawa.

The cost of it will be about the same as a new sports car, he said. If they make more than 1,000 per year the price would drop to a luxury sedan.

The SD-30 only flies for now, but Fukuzawa believes the car will do much more than take flight.

“We are now focusing on flying from the ground. Flying is much difficult from taxing or driving. So now, we are now at first focusing on flying,” said Fukuzawa. 

According to SkyDrive’s website, the company is planning more test flights in the future under different conditions to make sure the car’s safety protocols meet industry standards. Fukuzawa said flight control would have to expand in order to monitor the SD-30.

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