Japanese government give the permission to built flying cars


According to Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, The government will launch a public-private council this year to discuss the practical use of flying cars in hopes of bringing more companies outside the automobile industry into the effort,.

Given the slow development of such vehicles among Japan’s automakers, Suga said at a news conference Monday the government wants to “urge new players to join” the field.

While startups and engineering groups are involved in developing technologies for the eventual production of such vehicles, little progress has been made for legislation on securing their safety.

Flying cars, which include those taking off and landing vertically or operating without drivers, are expected to help ease traffic jams in urban areas.

Suga said the government hopes flying cars will also play a role in mountainous areas and remote islands as well as during natural disasters.

The council, involving the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry as well as the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism, will likely draw up a road map.

In Japan, Cartivator, a group of volunteers working in the auto and aviation industries, aims to demonstrate flying vehicles during the opening ceremonies of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Outside Japan, French-based airplane manufacturer Airbus tested a one-person flying vehicle in January, while U.S. ride-hailing service provider Uber Technologies Inc. has unveiled a plan to put such cars into practical use by 2023.

This project is experimental but Japanese developers hope that there will be flying drone taxis in Tokyo by 2020. Inventors want to create cars that will land and take off vertically and their speed will be approximately 125 mph.

One of the most pleasant “side effects” of this invention will be traffic reduction in big cities. We hope that traffic jams will vanish completely and won’t appear in the air.

News source Japan times

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