Suzuki Signs with SkyDrive to Develop ‘Flying Cars’ in India

Suzuki Signs with SkyDrive to Develop Flying Cars in India

Suzuki has signed a deal with SkyDrive to develop India’s own flying electric car. Both the companies are set to work on opening new market opportunities that will begin in India. Suzuki Motor Corp with this venture into the aviation industry already has marked its presence in three other mobility avenues – automobiles, motorcycles and outboard motors.

SkyDrive is currently involved in the development of the two-seater electric flying car with the aim of launching the flying car service in Osaka during the 2025 World Expo. Meanwhile, Suzuki had announced its 1.37 billion dollar investment in its Indian manufacturing plant to build electric batteries and vehicles. The Japanese automaker has made India its focal point to attain its goals in the electric vehicle sector.

Coming to the air mobiles, Japan established the Public-Private Council for air mobility revolution in 2018 with the aim to provide taxi services in urban areas, new means of transportation for remote islands and mountainous areas, and emergency transportation in times of disaster. It is widely expected that between 2030 and 2040 air traffic will increase, especially in Japan with companies like Hyundai and Suzuki investing their time, effort and money into a marvellous prospect. The Urban Air Mobility by South Korea is another next-gen technology that will reduce road traffic significantly in the future.

The press release on Tuesday announced that Suzuki aims “to collaborate in areas of business and technology that include technology R&D, planning of manufacturing and mass-production systems, development of overseas markets with an initial focus on India, and promotion of efforts to attain carbon neutrality.”

“The company aims to remain indispensable to people by staying closely attuned to lives and providing mobility,” says Suzuki.

There is no announcement on the specifications of the vehicle this collaboration is developing other than the basic description of an electric, 2-seater taxi that will come with a drive mode on the ground as well. SkyDrive has said that the plan includes developing the air taxi to reach a maximum driving speed of 60 km/h (37 mph), with a range between 20 and 30 km (12-18 miles).

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