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The prototype of a flying car from NEC is being tested (2 photos + video)


NEC introduced a prototype in Japanan unmanned aerial vehicle with four screws, designed to carry not only goods, but also people. Unmanned vehicles, both ground and air, are increasingly expressing themselves as promising vehicles and are of great interest to potential buyers.

Information support of the show providedJapan Times, therefore, both the technical characteristics and the operational advantages of the device compared to previous analogues became available to interested parties.


The device has the form of a three-wheeled unmanned electric quadrocopter; its dimensions are 3.9 x 3.7 x 1.3 m. The UAV weighs 150 kg.
The first testing of the device took place withcompliance with increased security measures, so during the demonstration take-off he was in a huge metal cage. During the tests, the UAV rose to a height of 3 m, hung in the air for 1 minute and then sat down successfully.

In the coming years, NEC aims to adaptprototype for collecting various data and honing the technologies embedded in it. The developers intend to add the function of switching between flight and ride modes literally on the go to the device’s operation algorithm.
NEC spokesman Koji Okada believes that in a densely populated country such as Japan, flying cars can greatly facilitate traffic.


The first flying cars plan to release in2026, with the serial production of the startup Cartivator, a NEC project partner, and NEC itself reoriented to the development and production of navigation and communication solutions for flying drones.

The main function assigned to the device is the “flying wagon” for the delivery of goods. But for the future, its use is also considered as a flying robotaxi for passenger transportation.