Japan wishes to emerge a world-leader in flying car technology
Dev Tyagi
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Japan Endeavors To Emerge A Leader In Flying Car Technology

Dev Tyagi

It’s not called the ‘land of the rising sun’ for nothing. For the venerable land of the ninjas and samurais, going the distance and putting itself on the verge of cutting-edge technology seems embedded in the DNA of Japan.

A dauntless land of many fascinating highs and enigmas, Japan happens to be the home to the single-largest car-corporation in the world: Toyota.

So much of cars is implicit in the life of Japan that perhaps there’s not a day that goes anywhere in the world where someone doesn’t marvel on the engineering prowess of a Honda or a Toyota. And guess what?

There’s a new height in automotive engineering that Japan wants to scale now.

It seems, at this point, Japan is focused on leading the worldwide developments in flying car technology. In fact, it’s even taken a first important step ahead in the direction. Japan’s NEC Corp has already developed a car that’s more like a large-sized drone, with four propellers and can even carry people up to a certain altitude, suspended in free air.

And recently, the brand-new development made headlines when the Japanese electronics maker demonstrated its path-breaking technology at a Tokyo suburb.

It turns out that the Japanese brand made the brand function when it flew the car without a passenger in the capital city of Tokyo. Powered by a battery, the flying car technology was the subject of marvelous public gaze when it flew by as much as 10 feet above the ground surface.

But make no mistake, this was no random demonstration. There lies a clear ambition behind the starry event. It seems that the Japanese government has decided that it wants to emerge as a world leader of sorts in the flying car technology.

Where the trending undercurrents of the car-tech stand in this part of the 21st century, then Japan is motivated to make it count having not contributed anything significant or path-breaking whether in the domain of lithium-ion batteries, electric cars or any other exploration.

A leading report emphasized the country’s burning ambition toward this direction, and therefore, it’s worthwhile to take cognizance of the following:

The country’s technological road map calls for shipping goods by flying cars by around 2023 and letting people ride in flying cars in cities by the 2030s.

“Japan is a densely populated country, and that means flying cars could greatly alleviate the burden on road traffic,” stated Kouji Okada, a leader of the project at NEC.

“We are positioning ourselves as an enabler for air mobility, providing location data and building communications infrastructure for flying cars.”

Coming back to the demonstration by NEC Corp, while the firm isn’t planning to undertake mass production of the flying cars as of yet, it appears that Japan isn’t the only country working in this direction, with the likes of Dubai, Singapore, and New Zealand having also signaled their ambition to develop the same.

It’s also believed that another Japanese firm- Cartivator- may just end up mass-producing such cars by 2026, which is still half a decade from today.