Japanese government looking to support flying car development
23 April 2018 Isha SharmaThe Japanese government plans to support development of self-driving flying cars as part of its future vision by year 2030 and 2040, reports the Japan Automotive Daily. A council under the country's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) has included flying taxis as part of its future vision while a council within the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) is looking to set up road map for initiatives required to include such vehicles.
Significance: The latest initiative is part of the Japanese government's efforts to create smart cities in the long run and reimagining transportation. Although the practical application of flying cars is a distant possibility as major safety issues stand in the way, the topic has garnered some attention lately with companies such as Uber and Airbus announcing plans. In May 2017, Toyota and its group companies agreed to invest over JPY40 million (USD352,833) in a flying car project for the next three years. Cartivator, a volunteer organisation founded in 2012, announced in September last year two development bases in conjunction with efforts to have the vehicle ready by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
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