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The country isn’t a world leader in autonomous or electric vehicles, but it’s all in on putting cars in the sky.
The news: Japan announced today that it’s bringing together 21 companies and organizations including big hitters like Uber, Boeing, Airbus, Cartivator, and Japan Airlines to bring aerial vehicles to its skies within 10 years.
The challenge: The government said it will address one of the major things holding back flying cars: regulation. “The Japanese government will provide appropriate support to help realize the concept of flying cars, such as creation of acceptable rules,” the ministry said. If Japan is able to quickly establish a legal system in which flying cars can function, it could get a jumpstart over countries like the US, whose Federal Aviation Association has been notoriously slow-moving on things like drone regulation.
Not so far off in the future: Flying cars definitely aren’t ready for the mainstream yet, but there’s been significant progress of late. Kitty Hawk, the Larry Page-owned flying taxi startup, has been testing its large air taxi over New Zealand and began giving demos of its Flyer earlier this year. Uber is planning on deploying flying taxis in only five years, including opening a hub in Paris by 2023.
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This article and images were originally posted on [New on MIT Technology Review] August 24, 2018 at 12:24PM. Credit to Author Erin Winick and New on MIT Technology Review | ESIST.T>G>S Recommended Articles Of The Day.