Published: Tue, May 16, 2017
Tech | By Constance Martin

Backed flying auto could light 2020 Olympic flame

Backed flying auto could light 2020 Olympic flame

Japanese carmaker Toyota will invest 40 million yen ($353 million) in a project for the creation of a flying vehicle, according to Nikkei Asian Review.

The so-called "Skydrive" cars have been masterminded by crowdfunded group Cartivator, based in Japan.

The Japanese automaker backed a project called Cartivator, which wants to build a tiny flying auto to light the Olympic flame for the 2020 Summer Games.

In a report from Nikkei, Toyota has recently announced that they will be backing the project of one of its employees.

So far crowdfunding has paid for development of the so-called Skydrive auto, which uses drone technology and has three wheels and four rotors.

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Cartivator aims to have a fully developed prototype for a manned test flight by the end of 2018, and commercialize it by 2020. After all self-driving cars have yet to gain full regulatory approval around the world, and we can only imagine that cars that can fly will present its own set of regulatory and legal obstacles. SkyDrive uses drone technology to engage flight and has three wheels for land travel.

The Skydrive is a 9.5-foot electric vehicle with four propellers, which Cartivator is claiming as the "world-smallest flying auto".

The team has it eyes on using a flying vehicle to light the flame for the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games in 2020.

It has a projected top flight speed of 100km/h, while travelling up to 10m above the ground.

Other companies reported to be interested in flying cars include Uber, Google, Tesla and Airbus.

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