A Japanese Flying Car Seems To Come From A Sci-Fi Film
Saanvi Araav - Oct 05, 2019
You dream of flying car may not be so far fetched anymore. With this new drone-like flying vehicle from NEC Corp took its first successful flight test recently.
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From Altered Carbon, the one thing that most of us remember is that futuristic flying vehicle. That systematically brooding, neon-lit cars flying around buildings has worked like wonders for that Netflix series make us feel both satisfied and safe. Well, from the look of it, we will not have to wait for long anymore before we could get our hand on an actual aerial vehicle. Now, let's see the flying test below:
From NEC Corp
A tech firm from Japan has released a product that looks like a small size quadcopter, which has been dubbed as the flying car. Last Monday, this 148 kg quadcopter model has taken its first flight.
This flying car which is much like a drone has noisily hovered over 3 meters off the ground for around a minute during the test run in a cage without any passengers at NEC's facility in Abiko, Chiba Prefecture. Many journalists and onlookers have witnessed this test. The Japanese company is now planning to make the vehicle quieter, lighter, and able to work on longer-distance.
NEC designed this vehicle for autonomous delivering; this prototype needs to check some caveats like battery life and safety before it could reach the commercial status. NEC has used electric vertical landing and takeoff technology to make the vehicle more accessible than the helicopters. It can bypass the heavily congested traffic in big cities. There are also cargo transportation and the recreational possibility for this new vehicle.
In that meantime, some aerospace companies such as Uber Technologies, Airbus SE, and Boeing have been working on their own aerial vehicles. For this drone-like vehicle, NEC would bet on its strengths such as data networks and airport systems, to put a logistic system to use in the next couple of years.