A Japanese startup with financial backing from car-giant Toyota has successfully tested a flying car and hopes to make the vehicle available to consumers in three years. 

Skydrive flew the SD-03 flying vehicle around Toyota’s test field, located in the city of Toyota, Japan with a pilot at the helm.

The test proved that the technology could work as promised out in the real world, the company said.

Toyota’s fling car is the smallest electric vertical take-off and landing vehicle in the world, that can fit a human inside it.

The plan is to usher in a new way of transportation – that is flying to work, instead of driving.

The SD-03 runs off eight electric motors that power different aspects of the craft, which includes four pairs of rotors, two white front lights and a red light that runs around the bottom of the aircraft’s body. 

Commercial flying machine by 2023

Toyota said it expects to have a two-seat commercial flying machine by 2023.

SkyDrive, which said the vehicle is designed to be the world’s smallest electric vehicle that can take off and land from a vertical position, plans to introduce it commercially in 2023, Chief Technology Officer Nobuo Kishi said in announcing the test flight.

“We want to realize a society where flying cars are an accessible and convenient means of transportation in the skies and people are able to experience a safe, secure, and comfortable new way of life,” SkyDrive CEO Tomohiro Fukuzawa said in a statement. 

That fits in with Tokyo’s plans to also launch flying taxis within the city over the next five years.

It appears that flying cars are quickly becoming a thing of the present, not the future.

Companies are investing in flying-car prototypes as experts predict individual air transportation will be a trillion-dollar industry by 2040, said Tim Stevens, editor-in-chief of CNET’s Roadshow. 

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