Japan-based electronics giant NEC has become the lead manufacturer in its home country for developing commercial-use passenger drones, showcasing the battery-powered vehicle’s first successful flight test in a new video. In the footage above, the flying car was able to hover 10 feet off of the ground for one minute by utilizing its giant four propellers.
The car was held to the ground with a rope and tested in a mesh cage to keep the trial safe, however, there was no passenger inside of its compact cabin. According to Bloomberg, Japan is steadfast in becoming a leader in the flying car industry, after missing its window getting ahead of the electronic car and person-to-person cab sharing industries. Japan’s venture capitalists have also set aside a special drone fund to invest in aircraft manufactures and its developments in creating flying cars.
In other tech news, Instagram is hiring a “Meme Liaison” after purging several meme accounts.
It’s a car. It’s a plane. No, it’s NEC’s personal quadcopter https://t.co/0A9LsEWBx4
— The Japan Times (@japantimes) August 5, 2019