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Japan’s SkyDrive gathers 100 partners to target UAM operations by 2023

Japan-based Company, SkyDrive, a leading developer of flying cars under its brand CARTIVATOR, announced this week that 100 Japanese and international corporations have now signed up to support the commercialisation of urban air mobility by 2023, where the technology is now ready for a manned flight demonstration this summer. Sponsors include Panasonic, Yazaki, Joyson Safety Systems, Mizuno, Sony and Hideo UI.

In Japan, flying cars are expected to be used for taxi services in urban areas, as a new mode of transportation on remote islands and mountainous areas, and as a means of emergency service in the event of a disaster. These cars are anticipated to make flying a common form of mobility. Research Analyst, Morgan Stanley expects this market to grow to Y150 trillion by 2040.


SkyDrive President and co-representative of CARTIVATOR, Tomohiro Fukuzawa, said, “The generous support of our sponsors, in the form of financial assistance, engineering expertise, human resources and insights, has enabled us to develop our project. You have always listened to us and extended assistance when needed and your enthusiastic messages of support have brought us to where we are today.” Adding,  “We will remain fully committed to staging the flight demonstration scheduled for this summer.”

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