Japanese air mobility startup SkyDrive introduced its SD-03 single-seater flying car in 2020 and has made significant progress since then. The company has now showcased a full-size version of the vehicle for the first time outside of Japan, taking advantage of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
Visitors from all over the world had the chance to take a seat in the pilot’s seat to get a taste of what SD-03 is all about and the eVTOL (Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing) aircraft will remain on display at J-Startup Pavilion (Eureka Park) until January 7, when the event ends.
The SD-03 is described by the Japanese manufacturer as the culmination of its expertise in drone technologies and aerodynamic engineering. It is an ultra-compact, zero-emission flying vehicle designed to take off and land vertically, enabling fast and safe door-to-door city transport.
Described by SkyDrive as the world’s smallest eVTOL, the aircraft measures 4 x 4 x 2 m (13 x 13 x 6.5 feet) and when on the ground it only takes up the space of two cars. parked. It is equipped with electric motors that drive the rotors, the SD-03 having four locations with two rotors each. SkyDrive claims its compact flying vehicle has completed piloted flight tests.
The SD-03 has a maximum takeoff weight of 400 kg (881 lb) and a maximum cruise speed of 50 km / h (approximately 30 mph). As for its flight time, it is only 10 minutes maximum.
SkyDrive managed to take a major milestone in October when its application for a type certificate for its flying car was accepted by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT). The company has also initiated another type of certification project allowing it to market the aircraft from 2025. SkyDrive prides itself on being the first developer of flying cars to reach this stage in Japan.