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Japanese firm tests flying vehicle

2020.09.14
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Car stayed two metres up for four minutes

 

THE newest flying car, built by Japanese (日本的) firm SkyDrive, flew two metres above ground for four minutes. It had one driver, and the ‘car’ could turn sideways or hover without any problem. This is one of the few successful test flights from over 100 flying car prototypes.

 

In late August, SkyDrive showed off its manned flying car, SD-03, in Tokyo. It can only take one person, and is streamlined like a sports car. The test car flew using eight motors, two at each of its four corners. It has a square base, 4m wide and 4m long, and its height is 2m. Currently, its top speed is 50km per hour, and it can fly for five to 10 minutes.

 

The CEO of the firm, Tomohiro Fukuzawa, said, “We hope to open the route between two Osakan sites, Universal Studio Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan; it’d be like a car rental service.” Fukuzawa added that the company hopes to officially open this service by 2023.

 

(This article is published on Goodies on 14 Oct 2020)


1. firm (n)
    公司

2. hover (v)
    盤旋

3. prototype (n)
    原型

4. manned (adj)
    有人駕駛的

5. streamline (v)
    使…成流線à

6. motor (n)
    摩打

7. route (n)
    路線

8. site (n)
    地點





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