A company called Cartivator is developing a flying car it plans on showing off during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Founded by a few Toyota employees who are working on the project in their spare time, Cartivator has been mostly relying on crowdfunding so far. It looks like Toyota sees a bright future for flying cars, as the company has invested 40 million yen (around $355,000) in the project that’s officially called SkyDrive.
Cartivator is currently developing a prototype of the vehicle and wants to perform the first test flight sometime next year. The ultimate goal is to have it ready by the Tokyo Olympics so that it could light the torch at the opening ceremony.
The futuristic-looking vehicle is basically a large drone that is capable of taking one individual to the skies. Unlike some of the other prototypes we have seen so far, SkyDrive can also be used as a car. This means you can fly for a part of your journey, land somewhere, and then continue on by driving on the road. The vehicle can go as fast as 93 mph (150 km/h) and is 9.5 feet (2.9 m) long, 4.3 feet (1.3 m) wide, and just 3.6 feet (1.1 m ) tall.
The company says that the ultimate long-term goal is to develop a vehicle that will allow people to fly to the destination of their choice without having to board a commercial airplane by 2050. To make this a reality, a lot of challenges have to be dealt with until then. One of them is definitely making sure that the flying car has a long range, as you won’t get very far if it will only be able to take you on a journey a few hundred miles long.