A test flight of the "flying car," which is expected to be put to practical use as a next-generation means of transportation, was held in Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture on the 21st.
Companies in Japan and overseas are developing "flying cars" as a next-generation means of transportation, and it is expected that they will be put to practical use at the Osaka-Kansai Expo next year.
On the 21st, a test flight was held on Omishima Island hosted by Imabari City, and it was open to the public.
The name of the aircraft is "HEXA".
Made in the USA, it has a total length of 4.5 meters, a height of 2.6 meters and weighs 221 kilograms.
It is a single-seater with no windows on both sides, it is made open, and all control is done with a single stick.
This means that takeoff and landing can be done with a single button.
During the test flight, when the propeller began to rotate, the aircraft floated softly, climbed to a height of about 1 meters, and flew over the park grounds for about 1 minutes.
It is powered by electricity and is characterized by relatively quiet noise because the propeller is turned by a motor, and the children who came to see it stared at it as if they were eating it.
In addition, in order to make the next generation of vehicles flying with propellers feel close to the venue, a corner was set up where children could experience operating a drone, and children took on the challenge.
The children at the venue said that they wanted to fly the car and that they wanted to go to Australia in a flying car.
Taku Kamino, chief inspector of the Imabari City Policy Department's middle section, said, "Imabari is a land with many islands and mountainous areas, so in the future we would like to use flying cars for emergency medical care."