Suzuki to Launch Flying Car, Capable of Reaching Speeds up to 100 km/h, Details Revealed

The world of automotive innovation is soaring to new heights, quite literally. With the advent of flying cars becoming a reality globally, India is not far behind in this revolutionary journey. Suzuki Motor Corporation, in collaboration with SkyDrive Inc., has embarked on the production of a flying car. This groundbreaking endeavor is taking place at Suzuki's manufacturing plant in the city of Iwata, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. This plant is slated to produce 100 Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) flying cars annually.

The Era of Flying Cars

Flying cars, also known as Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) or Urban Air Mobility (UAM), represent a paradigm shift in transportation. Suzuki's partnership with SkyDrive aims to pioneer this domain with the production of the SkyDrive SD-05 model. Equipped with electric propulsion and automatic pilot capabilities, these eVTOL flying cars promise to redefine urban mobility.

The SkyDrive SD-05

The SkyDrive SD-05 is an electrically powered drone featuring autonomous features akin to autopilots. Compact in design with three seats, it operates akin to a helicopter, capable of vertical takeoff and landing. With the surge in demand for private transportation, urban areas are grappling with heavy traffic congestion. However, the introduction of flying taxis could potentially revolutionize public transportation, easing intercity commutes.

Global Endeavors in Flying Car Development

Suzuki and SkyDrive are not the only players venturing into the realm of flying cars or air taxis. PAL-V Liberty, a Dutch company, made history by selling the first commercial flying car in 2017. Hyundai, a prominent Korean automaker, is also gearing up to launch air taxis by 2028. Similar to SkyDrive, Hyundai's flying car concept is based on eVTOL technology, albeit with a capacity for five passengers.

Another notable prototype is the AirCar, designed by Klein Vision and unveiled in 2022. This flying car accommodates two passengers and boasts a cruising speed of approximately 190 km/h, with a range of 1000 kilometers. Powered by a 300hp, 1.6-liter BMW engine, the AirCar signifies a significant leap in aerial transportation technology.

The Future of Flying Cars in India

SkyDrive is set to introduce flying cars in India as well. The company showcased its flying car at the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2024. Additionally, SkyDrive Inc. announced a collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology (DST) to conduct flying car trials in Gujarat by 2027. Apart from testing, SkyDrive aims to explore commercial opportunities in India's burgeoning urban landscape.

Furthermore, Japanese aviation company signed a memorandum of understanding with Indian scientific to bring the SkyDrive flying car to India. Cyient, a Hyderabad-based Indian company, will provide technological support to SkyDrive.