Toyota invest in flying car project 0

Toyota-invest-in-flying-car-projectToyota has announced its backing to a group of engineers who are in the process of developing a flying car.

The Japanese carmaker will give 40 million yen (£274,000) to the Cartivator group who are based on the outskirts of Toyota city in central Japan.

Newspapers in Japan have reported the car giant and several subsidiary companies have agreed a deal in principal to support the venture.

Crowdfunding has been used so far by the inventors of the ‘Skydrive’ car which uses the same technology as drones, has three wheels and four rotors.

The car measures 2.9 metres by 1.3 metres and it billed by the developers as the world’s smallest flying car.

It has a reported top flight speed of 62 mph while travelling at 10 metres above the ground.

The team developing the Skydrive car hope its prototype will be used to light the Olympic flame when the games are held in Tokyo in 2020.

Flying cars are very much in vogue at the moment with teams working on the project in the US, Germany, The Netherlands, China and Japan all working on similar projects.

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