What’s one thing that science fiction movies and TV shows thought we would have by now that we don’t? Flying cars! Everything from “The Jetsons” to “Fifth Element” has toyed with the idea of cars that soar through the skies. Well, thanks to Toyota, that could become a reality. Toyota has backed a flying car project in Japan to have flying cars ready by the Tokyo Summer Olympics in 2020. The Orlando Automotive Family has put together a rundown on what you need to know about this development from Toyota.
The group behind this flying car project is the Cartivator group in central Japan. Toyota has 40 million yen (around $350,000) to the company to continue the movement toward having a flying car ready before the 2020 Olympics, and possibly even as early as next year. The Orlando Automotive Family has picked out the top things you need to know about the project.
- Skydrive. Skydrive is the name of the flying car being backed by Toyota, and is the smallest flying car in the process of being produced. With dimensions of just 9.5 feet by 4.3 feet, it is most suitable for only one person.
- Jet-propelled technology. Cartivator has stated that the Toyota-backed flying car would be utilizing similar technology to a drone to propel itself thirty-tree feet off the ground and maintain a top speed of 62 mph.
- Crowdfunding. Up until the pledge from Toyota, Cartivator has relied on mostly crowdfunding in addition to other means of financing to continue their project.
- Benefits. With the implementation of Toyota-backed flying cars, there is a possibility of the elimination of traffic. There would really be no road to clog with congestion! The flow of commuters could be changed for the more efficient.
Toyota-backed flying cars and the Olympics
While it may seem odd that a newly announced flying car would be produced so quickly, it makes perfect sense to Toyota. If this vehicle is in fact completed by the 2020 Summer Olympics torch lighting ceremony, there are thoughts that the Toyota-backed flying car would be used during it. This new and exciting advancement in technology would be viewed by millions – if not billions of people during the opening ceremonies. The 30 volunteers working on the project are hoping that the prototype will in fact be used for the celebration.
And while we don’t have any flying cars at out Orlando Automotive Family dealerships, we do have the newest Toyota models with the newest technology that’s offered. Come visit us any day of the week at Toyota of Orlando located at 3575 Vineland Road just off I-4 near the Millenia Mall or at Toyota of Clermont located at 16851 State Road 50 just off the Florida Turnpike.