(Construction) - Tokyo-based drone maker SkyDrive signed a partnership agreement with Osaka Prefecture and Osaka City on September 14 for the practical operation of “flying cars” in Osaka. The two municipalities and the firm will collaborate in testing with an aim for commercialization of the service.
Next month, they plan to conduct a demonstration test of a cargo drone that can deliver materials and equipment weighing more than 30 kilograms in the bay area of Osaka City. They aim to realize test flights as early as 2022 in time for the practical use at the Japan International Expo to be held in Osaka in 2025.
|Testing of “Flying Car” to begin in Osaka.|
Governor Hirofumi Yoshimur said, "We want to realize a society in Osaka where flying cars are used at the World Exposition. Osaka's strength is to take on new challenges. I can't wait to ride in one." "It will also be useful in times of disaster," said Mayor Ichiro Matsui, "I want people all over the world to experience a car that can move freely in the sky at the Expo. Small and medium-sized enterprises in Osaka have high technological capabilities. We can help the evolution of the drones. The government will ease regulations necessary for the new era and create a convenient and affluent society.”
Mr. Tomohiro Fukuzawa, Chief Executive Officer of SkyDrive said that the company plan to launch the practical operation in 2024, saying, "In October, we are considering conducting an experiment to carry cargo with a large drone. We want to advance the technology every year.” (2021/09/16)
The Daily Engineering and Construction News of Japan