SkyDrive and Suzuki to launch joint venture for flying cars

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SkyDrive, a Japanese company that makes eVTOL aircraft capable of vertical take-off and landing, has announced a partnership with Suzuki.

They will jointly produce two small electric car jets, which are expected to be unveiled at the 2025 Osaka World Motor Show.

SkyDrive is set to become one of the leading manufacturers of vertical eVTOLs in Japan.

Its parent company, Cartivator, was started with a small investment by Toyota.

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Image: Courtesy of SkyDrive

Nobuo Kishi, the company’s chief technology officer, previously held a senior position at Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation.

Suzuki has now partnered with Skydrive to collaborate on business and technology.

These collaborations include research and development activities; It also includes manufacturing and foreign market penetration.

Motor vehicles Motorcycle ATV off-road vehicles; Suzuki, which specializes in the engine business, is a larger company than expected, exporting about 3 million vehicles and generating $ 29 billion in revenue in 2020.

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Image: Courtesy of SkyDrive

In the car market, Suzuki ranked 11th in the world in 2017 and 14th in 2014.

Suzuki may not be able to produce its electric cars by 2025, but an agreement was recently reached in India.

“Suzuki electric cars will be more common in South Asia,” he said.

SkyDrive and car flying

SkyDrive has already flown its small single-pilot multicopter concept design, and it is unknown what kind of aircraft it will partner with Suzuki.

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Single driver multicopter Image: Courtesy of SkyDrive

Most of the images in this article are of SkyDrive SD-XX concept models, two-seater aircraft.

The aircraft is equipped with eight fans, the cockpit is covered with glass and can carry up to 500 kg.

It can fly at a maximum altitude of 500 meters and fly at speeds of up to 62 miles per hour for 20 to 30 minutes non-stop.

On the ground, the three-wheel drive has a top speed of 37 miles per hour and can travel 12 to 18 miles, so it can be called a flying car.

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Image: Courtesy of SkyDrive

It would be costly for the two companies to work together to create a ground-to-air vehicle.

If successful, they could become private taxis instead of commercial taxis.

It remains to be seen whether SkyDrive and Suzuki will actually be able to make flying cars ready in the next three years.