News Toyota Backs Flying Car Project Started by Its Employees

17:36  17 may  2017
17:36  17 may  2017 Source:   MSN

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Toyota Motor is backing a group of young employees who have been voluntarily working on a project to develop a flying car . The project , led by a group called Cartivator started in 2012 when project leader Tsubasa Nakamura won a business contest. Its members, numbering 30 over give their time

Toyota is investing in a flying - car project that started as an extracurricular activity for some of its workers. Since 2012, about 30 Toyota employees have been working on the project in their spare time, according to Nikkei Asian Review.

  Toyota Backs Flying Car Project Started by Its Employees © Cartivator

The flying car is an idea that is apparently too cool to kill. Despite decades of failures, and the questionable proposition of average, distraction-prone drivers piloting flying machines, flying cars continue to make headlines. Following Airbus and Uber, Toyota is the latest large corporation to show interest in flying cars. It plans to invest 40 million yen ($352,982) in Cartivator, a flying-car project started by a group of its own employees.

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Toyota Motor is backing a group of young employees who have been voluntarily working on a project to develop a flying car . The project , led by a group called Cartivator started in 2012 when project leader Tsubasa Nakamura won a business contest.

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Since 2012, about 30 Toyota employees have been working on the project in their spare time, according to Nikkei Asian Review. Cartivator hopes to conduct its first manned test flight by the end of 2018, and have a production-ready flying car completed by 2020, in time to show it off at the Olympics in Tokyo.

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From the 1940s Aerocar to the more recent Terrafugia Transition and AeroMobil, flying cars have been a staple of startups and entrepreneurs for decades. While the concept hasn't really become more practical in the ensuing years, flying cars are now receiving more attention from large, established companies as well.

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Following Airbus and Uber, Toyota is the latest large corporation to show interest in flying cars . It plans to invest 40 million yen (2,982) in Cartivator, a flying - car project started by a group of its own employees .

Toyota is investing in a flying - car project that started as an extracurricular activity for some of its workers.

In 2020, the same year Toyota hopes to show off Cartivator's completed vehicle, Uber wants to start a flying taxi service in Dubai and Dallas. Airbus hopes to begin testing an autonomous flying car later this year. Even Google co-founder Larry Page is getting in on the action, although his new startup's Kitty Hawk Flyer looks more like a rejected Star Wars prop than a car.

This article was originally published on TheDrive.com

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