A flying car can light the torch at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo – if it does not go down and burn first.
Cartivator, a Japanese startup with Toyota, tested its prototype of flying car in Aichi Prefecture in Japan on Saturday, the company said in a statement. And even though the group intends for the vehicle to turn on Olympic torch in 2020according to The Associated Press, video of the test shows that Sky Drive still has a long way to go.
It is clear that the high ambitions of the start-up do not have a flying start. Cartivator performed a few more tests for the vehicle, but the attempt was eventually halted after Sky Drive suffered some damage to its propellers, according to the AP.
With the help of a reported 42.5 million yen ($ 386,000) with permission for Toyota, the group still plans to have its first manned flight in 2019.
“I have always loved planes and cars,” Tsubasa Nakamurahe, project manager, told AP. “And my longtime dream was to have a personal vehicle that can fly and walk many places.”
Given that the vehicle reportedly never reached above eye level during testing, it may take some time before it can go “many places”, let alone the top of an Olympic stadium. In its current state, Sky Drive does not hold light other flying vehicle concepts.