Toyota SkyDrive Flying Car – World Smallest Electric Vehicle Is Getting Ready for the 2020 Olympics

Toyota SkyDrive Flying Car – World Smallest Electric Vehicle Is Getting Ready for the 2020 Olympics


SKYDRIVE could change the way the world commutes
very soon indeed.
A manned test flight of a prototype is planned
for the end of 2018.
SkyDrive was designed by 30 Toyota employees
who are developing it in their spare time.
Incredibly, this electric vehicle is hoped
to light the flame of the Tokyo Olympics in
2020.
Imagine a future where we will be able to
fly above our cities, much like the Jetsons
or promises of many a Sci-Fi author.
This future may become a reality with SkyDrive.
One of the world’s largest car manufacturers,
Toyota, has recently sold its entire stake
in Tesla and go it alone.
Toyota has decided to invest in a group of
their own employees who are working tirelessly
on this future electric vehicle.
The SkyDrive began as a concept back in 2012
when one Tsubasa Nakamura and his friends
had a dream.
They went on to win a competition with their
initial design of a flying electric vehicle
under the team name Cartivator.
This humble team of 30 started to develop
SkyDrive in 2014.
They have since won not only financial backing
from Toyota but also built and tested proved
concept scale models.
Toyota’s official stamp of approval has
stepped the project up a gear.
Their financial backing will enable the team
to build a full-scale prototype and conduct
a manned test flight.
Toyota has invested around £272,000 in making
the dream a reality.
The full-scale prototype will be around 2.9
meters long, 1.3 meters wide and 1.1 meters
tall.
This will make it, by virtue, the world’s
smallest electric vehicle.
Cartivator’s hope is that SkyDrive will
attain a flight speed of 100 km/h with a standard
driving speed of 150 km/h.
This tiny electric vehicle will feature technology
commonly found in drones.
These include the vehicle’s most prominent
feature, its four rotor blades.
Locomotion and flight control will be achieved
by varying the speed of each rotor accordingly.
The team envisages that the vehicle will travel
at no more than around 10 meters above ground.
It will use vertical takeoff and landing so
it won’t require roads or runways to operate.
Captivator hopes that once the test flight
is complete and obviously successful, full
production can begin shortly afterward.
They believe that a full commercial version
may be able to go on sale as early as 2023.
Mass production for developed countries is
penciled in for around 2030, with developing
countries about a decade later.
Pretty ambitious but Captivator could let
humanity realize our long-held dream of personal
flying transportation.
SkyDrive is not the first time Toyota has
played around with flying cars, however.
In 2014 they applied for a patent for an “aerocar”
that could make the leap from land vehicle
to flying machine.
This was designed to shape shift with hidden
wings hidden under the main fuselage.
These would pop out from a hatch and deploy
fully loaded propulsion system.
Once deployed the driver could take to the
air!
The wings were inspired by the design of bird
wings and unfurl in much the same manner.
Toyota’s “aerocar” would have a main
fuselage built from tensile skin that “stretches
around and/or between flexible frame members”.
“Aerocar” would have been driven using
power system including a battery pack, internal
combustion engine turbine, fuel cell and energy
conversion technology.
This mix of old and new would also power the
car during flight.
Anyway, back to SkyDrive.
According to Cartivator’s own website, “Transportation
including the automobile have enriched our
lives by expanding human mobility.
However, if it is an airplane – airports
and runways are necessary, and if it is a
car – roads and bridges are necessary.”
They note that this infrastructure requires
significant investment in labor and resources
to build and maintain.
They also note that a lot of developing countries
can have difficulty raising the money for
this.
This lack of ability to invest in their infrastructure
seriously hampers their economic and social
development.
They believe that SkyDrive will let not only
developed countries but the less developed
” to realize infrastructure-free transportation”.
They aim that by 2050 we will live in a world
where “anyone can fly in the sky anytime
and anywhere”.
A nice thought and probably one we would all
love to see a lot sooner.
Cartivator notes that to realize this kind
of ambition they needed to build a compact
flying car.
It needed to be so light that it could utilize
vertical take-off and landing.
This will alleviate the need for costly roads
and roadways needed for conventional automobiles
and airplanes.
“It’s very difficult to realize the compact
flying car due to noise control, all-weather
handling, and guaranteeing absolute safety.
However, if this flying car is realized, then
passengers can freely enjoy the scenery from
the sky, go to places where we were not able
to reach before and uninterrupted travel by
avoiding traffic jams is no longer a dream.”
We do wish them luck with their project and
hope they meet their targets.
It would be cool to see the 2020 Olympic flame
lit using one of these.
SkyDrive is certainly ambitious, and to be
honest, it looks pretty neat.
The possibilities and freedoms this will open
up for anyone are tantalizing.
We wonder though if the freedoms it provides
might well develop other issues.
Will you need a flying license to use one?
How will large scale civilian sky traffic
be managed and controlled?
But these are issues for the future, let’s
just dream for now.
So there you go, SkyDrive.
What do you think?
Are the developers a little too ambitious
with their project?
Are you excited by the possibilities of this
technology?
Will they meet their own targets?
Only time
will tell.

62 Replies to “Toyota SkyDrive Flying Car – World Smallest Electric Vehicle Is Getting Ready for the 2020 Olympics”

  1. Great effort, wish the team the best!
    A few constructive observations, if I may?

    Looks pretty drafty. Hope we fully enclose that cockpit.

    The wheels look really flimsy, like baby carriage wheels. Can this pass crash testing standards?

    Two rotors/two motors at the end of each arm would allow stable recovery, in case of motor or rotor failure, or bird strike, etc.

  2. your pronunciation is OK, but can you pay more attention to the sounds R and L? —–~ R is not rolling, and L is not soft.

  3. How heavy and difficult is it to add protective cages to the propellers? They will weigh no more than a couple kilos each.

  4. Its all propellers now a days with these flying aircraft. How come aliens have anti gravity space craft while we have propellers.

  5. Then according to Bernoulli’s principles the faster moving air reduces the air pressure over the top wing surface and with that the wing has lift. But there are a few problems with this package response to how planes fly: 1) there is no conservation law of physics requiring equal transit times, 2) instead of meeting at the same time the air traveling over the top wing surface reaches the back of the wing long before the air traveling beneath the wing, and 3) this explanation gives us no insight into how we should shape a wing to achieve specific flying goals. This Peter-Pan answer to explain flight serves no purpose other than to give students the impression that their question has been answered as to how wings generate lift.

  6. only seeing in video it will not come in market because company will not get permission to fly due to air traffic jam…

  7. skydrive is a very interesting concept. The best of Irish luck with the project. I would purchase one when it comes to market.

  8. Flying cars will never become the next automobile, because of the way so many drivers today, can't drive worth a crap on four wheels, (especially women), one can imagine the death toll that would happen

  9. Funny how all these new flying vehicles are in no small order being released for viewing at around the same time . Kind of like preparations where being set order to control inventors. Or at least find ways to maximize corporate profits. And also it dress if Toyota is just taking ideas that are already in existence and profiting from them could be mistaken though. Hahahahah
    Probably not.

  10. looks great, but needs redundant motors and props to improve safety. The Ehang 184 has been conduction some manned test flights for some time now, and is fully redundant, so is a more developed system at this time. Does not mean that Toyota cannot beat them in the long run.

  11. It really looks like flying cars are finally on the way to becoming a reality soon. Now auto giant, Toyota, is entering with its own efforts, joining Airbus, Bell Aircraft, and perhaps a dozen startups around the world, such as eHang, Lilium and eVolo, with their own imaginative creations. We are on the verge of observing Uber conduct test marketing of flying urban services in Dallas and Dubai in 2020. Many companies are working with the FAA in this country to develop the orderly integration of urban flying freeways into the national airspace. These won't be Jetsons style personal vehicles but rather air taxis flown by a pilot or attendant for the first phase of development. Later they will be totally automated. Pretty exciting, eh?

  12. Excellent Toyota, will do it yourself kits be available with interchangeable recycled replacement parts , thanks for tesla x

  13. Go for it guys <3 and dont forget to put a hidden parachute in case of emergency….i would love to see this within the next couple years…its not impossible…

  14. Ban Tokyo 2020 Olympics ,all athletes and spectators will be contaminated from FUKUSHIMA RADIOACTIVE MELTDOWN, like a nuclear bomb still going off ,poring a million gallons a day in to pacific ,The Great barrier reefs a world heritage site alive for over 25 million years pronounced Dead on February 14th 2016,Plutonium & people don't mix 0 tolerance for nuclear power and weapons technology! !

  15. Indian Siri narrating LOL, intriguing that Toyota USA, rather than Japan are funding it apparently (going by image shown)

  16. Just another well thought out flying dream to join the ever growing collection that disappear into history! There has been so many videos on here of people carrying flying craft based on drone technology that have promised so much but, as yet, not one has made it from concept to serious flying machine? As an aviation engineer there is nothing I would like more but getting fed up with these projects that promise so much but come to nothing.
    Simple maths shows that it's not possible to get meaningful performance from an electric helicopter with existing battery technology. The weight to energy density ratios make it not work. By the time the aircraft is strong enough to be safe enough to fly and carry enough batteries for 20 minutes flight it reaches the point where it needs more battery capacity and this makes it heavier and so on. The ready to fly weight say a nominal 120 kg plus 70 kg of passenger gives a take off weight of roughly 200kg, give or take. The amount of battery to hover and lift this amount and keep the weight the same does not exist!

  17. This car is not nice, my purpose is requestedto Toyota company to desing the flying caras nice as the flying car just as in United States or in Europe.

  18. Who will monitor all these cars to make sure safety is number one on the top priority list? What about privacy for those who do not wish to have these cars fly over their homes? Not to mention all the accidents. Will they have ejection seats? Can you imagine sitting in your home on a nice quiet evening, when all of a sudden, a loud crashing sound, followed by earth shattering explosion rips through your home. you run outside to look at your roof top to see an automobile/plane/helicopter resting on it ready to plunge down into the living room where you were just watching your favorite television show.

  19. The imagined computer accent makes this great subject unwatchable. Getting someone from Iowa to read the narrative would add a lot of credence. The #1 consideration in any communication is #1 Who is the target audience? Imaginary computers? uh uh. Real people.

  20. Get Our Government to Overtake Area 51, then you will See How Real Flying Machines are Made–you will find that they don't use Propellers…..

  21. あたまいい ちゅうごくせき はやく どろーん つくれ のうきにまにあわせろ とりにく たくさん くえ

  22. If drones require FAA licenses, don't you think bureaucrats are salivating over the prospects of regulating these guys? Besides the technology, our "safety-minded overseers" may present an even greater threat to innovation. In the US, with 10% of the population, or 30 million people flying these cars presents a nightmare only an Air Traffic Controller can imagine! We'll need more than 15,000 ATCs on the job, that's for sure!

  23. You all know how loud a drone is, and a drone weighs nothing. This is going to be waaaaay to loud to be accepted by the public

  24. Wow that's a nice flying car in the video, I think flying cars can look like how a new 2018 model car looks now. I can see parts of the freeway's with a fly lane so if you have to travel say 100 miles and you have a flying car you can use fly lane and push the fly button to command the car to take flight. I can see Toyota with the first flying car!

  25. Don't worry about being discouraged on safety,
    We take risks riding a bike, going for a hike, now cabins for Forest rangers can be in Awesome places! I imagine the possibilities and get so excited, SANTA

  26. Traffics in spaces. … in future we cannot see any birds only humans flys. Every family members will own the skydriving car rather than normal cars

  27. Every dying motor will produce a dying pilot. People keep falling from bicycles. Riding in the air isn't safe and isn't for everyone. It will need to be channeled and that's the end of free roaming. And it will be a very loud and dusty environment… Go invent the antigrav, then show up again.

  28. Call it autonomous or self flying personal vehicles. This will transform how the world move and will have huge impact in the lives of rural population by providing especially in under developed and developing countries. In the congested urban areas, this will make it easy for people to stay farther from heart of the city and thus reduce congestion. Win in all respect!

  29. Another bullshit at work, trust me. No flying car will be allowed in crowded area, especially in cities and suburbs. We have enough accidents and smashes on our roads as is. Imagine the nightmare of worrying every day of flying cars colliding or losing battery energy and fall on your roofs, families, pets, sheds, cars, etc. So, the idea of this concept is a waste of time.

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