In an exciting sign that it’s only a matter of time before our skies are full of flying cars, the Japanese Government is getting on board with the plan.
The country wants to have flying automobiles ready within the next decade and have enlisted 21 relevant businesses – including the likes of Uber, Airbus, Boeing, Toyota startup Cartivator, and Japan Airlines – to help make it a reality.
“The Japanese government will provide appropriate support to help realise the concept of flying cars, such as creation of acceptable rules,” Japan’s trade ministry said in an official statement.
“Looking at Japan, stakeholders in a variety of fields, such as associations in the automobile and aircraft industries, venture businesses involving drones and other advanced technologies, and investment funds, have been designing a variety of concepts on the expected uses of flying vehicles, including: relieving traffic congestion in commuting to offices and schools in cities, as a new means of mobility for people living on islands and in mountains, and for carrying patients for emergency first aid and quickly transporting goods in case of disasters,” the ministry said.
Uber is at the forefront of the flying car movement. Dallas and Los Angeles have already been announced as the launch cities for UberAIR, with an unknown third international city to also have the company’s flying cars in the air by 2020.
In exciting news for Aussies, that third city may be one of our own. Last week Uber announced that the blue skies of Sydney and Melbourne are on their radar as potential sites.
“We had the opportunity to meet with local regulators and policymakers recently, and look forward to commencing more detailed conversations about the potential for bringing Uber Air to Australia,” Uber Australia general manager Susan Anderson said.
“For this vision to become a reality we will need to plan ahead in partnership with cities and regulators to ensure we create an urban aviation rideshare network that is safe, environmentally conscious and supports multi-modal transport options.”