Toyota's SkyDrive – the 1st human piloted "drone" is here

Toyota's SkyDrive – the 1st human piloted "drone" is here

Tokyo-based SkyDrive, showed off a test flight of its SD-03 flying car model earlier this month in the Japanese city of Toyota.

We call it “drone” as it looks like one, but it’s actually a human piloted flying machine.

The single-seat car, powered by a battery and four pairs of propellers, was lifted to six feet above the ground and hovered in a netted test area for about five minutes. Most significantly, the car had a pilot on board.

It was SkyDrive’s first manned flight with the SD-03 model. The company, backed by Toyota (the automaker), aims to turn the prototype into a two-seater commercial model by 2023. It’s the same timeline targeted by the Japanese government to roll out flying taxi service in dense cities like Tokyo and Osaka.

Right now, the SkyDrive model can fly for only five to ten minutes at a low speed of several miles per hour. The next step is to raise its speed up to 60 kilometers per hour (40 mph) and extend flight duration to 30 minutes. That would mean a capacity to fly nonstop for 20 miles, making the car a suitable candidate for exporting to other countries, CEO Tomohiro Fukuzawa said.

Toyota Skydrive is a VTOL.

50 Comments

  1. Johnny Miller on May 14, 2022 at 6:38 pm

    Can it go higher?

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  3. adrianlittlechurch on May 14, 2022 at 6:42 pm

    JETSON from Poland was the very first!

  4. EdgeXeD—GamertaG on May 14, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    These drones aren’t going to be for the public so let’s find a good use for them. Id suggest issue these to every life guard stationed around the world. These could air lift someone struggling to get to shore and can be done from the watch tower. Warn people of nearby sharks and so much more. Like if you agree.

  5. Ronald Kehinde on May 14, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    How much?

  6. lucassswaves on May 14, 2022 at 6:46 pm

    Needs some Rotar guards and this would be a safer design and more practical. Don’t wanna accidentally mow down someone’s house when your coming in the driveway too hot

  7. Jongib369 on May 14, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    I’d never fly a helicopter, but I’d get in one of these without hesitating

  8. Alexandra Oseguera on May 14, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    Cuanto vale ese auto volador?

  9. Scrapin Pennies on May 14, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    Needs another seat

  10. Naville Bue on May 14, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    Power full motor makes the drone stabilized. Nice drone

  11. Workaholic PH on May 14, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    Flying kyxz is way better in making flying drone like this.

  12. Rayxl1 on May 14, 2022 at 6:53 pm

    It would be very noisy which is why they don’t play the sound track but its still a nice vehicle.

  13. REC Anything on May 14, 2022 at 6:53 pm

    See description for more details!

  14. joey Depalmer on May 14, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    Nice looking, needs lights, and if it is powered by a gas engine or simular type of engine, than i say yea. needs to travel a great distance over trees at a resonable height with night vision and info red goggles on

  15. 258 shop 99 on May 14, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    What is price

  16. SECRET CREEK PROSPECTING on May 14, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    People let them get off the ground and maneuver it and pass all safety guidelines. Then will come revised version for Public safety .

  17. James Wilbraham on May 14, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    Fab! 😊😊😊

  18. Based Chad on May 14, 2022 at 6:59 pm

    What is the fundamental difference between this and a drone/quad copter that are so in abundance now? Is it just that there is a human in the middle and the weight shift that that causes? Wouldn’t they be able to use some sort of Gyro to offset that? It seems like quad copter ‘s, would be the way to go, drones are becoming increasingly cheap. Couldn’t they just make a bigger version?

  19. lofy-_- on May 14, 2022 at 6:59 pm

    What?!

    I thought the first human piloted drone was the one that made by a Filipino engineer

    I was from that video before i saw this

  20. David Klimek on May 14, 2022 at 7:05 pm

    What happens if you loose a propeller it stops? Do you crash?

  21. angelo carcaiso on May 14, 2022 at 7:05 pm

    all way same you drive helicopter lol

  22. Braga Weg on May 14, 2022 at 7:06 pm

    Burried vehicle..

  23. Jayaraman Guruprasath on May 14, 2022 at 7:08 pm

    Technology that is directly supporting human to made commercial to achieve better reach supporting both people and government in all aspects making it with more positive

  24. maverick alexan palen on May 14, 2022 at 7:08 pm

    @kykz mendiola

  25. Mophonic on May 14, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    take my money

  26. SoulFul_Empath on May 14, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    Buying it!

  27. Олег Тимофеев on May 14, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    Как показал опыт воздушные подушки создаваемые винтом должны находиться на разных уровнях.

  28. George Bell on May 14, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    OK Toyota take my money then.. damn.

  29. bunga bunga - Jim Ford on May 14, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    I feel confident that Toyota will perfect a drone car

  30. fred salyer on May 14, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    The problem with manned drones is flight time on batteries the answer is turbo jet engines like a helicopter hrs of flight time two person capable it’s not brain surgery this comes from a licensed pilot with 20 years experience fixed wing and helicopter and a degree in engineering

  31. mickail de la rosa on May 14, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    But how long will it fly ? 7-30mts tops ? If is electric wich it’s what I assume if it does the stunts like the ones in the stores but it surely light my bulb to build one power by gas engines so I can fly far just like when. You build a off road vehicle

  32. SixFiveArms on May 14, 2022 at 7:17 pm

    Unprotected rotors in all of these types of manned drones is asking for someone to accidentally get chopped. Pretty basic, folks. Shroud those rotors and position them above head level!

  33. Mike Ross on May 14, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    No blade protectors? Unwise, this is

  34. S. A. on May 14, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    The future is coming

  35. mickaël grondin on May 14, 2022 at 7:20 pm

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  36. Évelyne Lachance on May 14, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    "first"? This is dated 2020 and there’s been… quite a few human-piloted drones before…

  37. Vincent KOSSI on May 14, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    Wow it so amazing… Safety…. Please can we stay in touch ? because I want work on the similar project .. I will need your help and some queste

  38. Boiii on May 14, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    I think if they make it able to fit 2 people is better

  39. David S on May 14, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    I want one, but need one with a towable to haul my Labrador and gear too.

  40. j.a vee on May 14, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    Make mines a 8 seater.. we tryna fly deep!

  41. Jonasyulledesouza Yulle on May 14, 2022 at 7:25 pm

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  42. RAJDEEP MAJUMDAR on May 14, 2022 at 7:26 pm

    Music name anyone

  43. clpoelker on May 14, 2022 at 7:28 pm

    New fangled lawnmower.

  44. Robert Donald on May 14, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    if it is piloted its not a drone !!!!! look up the definition of drone !!!

  45. Вадим Черненко on May 14, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    Цена:1 пиздилиард рублей, долларов

  46. Paweł P. ECO-TECH on May 14, 2022 at 7:33 pm

    SUPER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

  47. Kanakala Ramu on May 14, 2022 at 7:33 pm

    Sir i Want Done How Much Cost Sir

  48. ArchPrizm on May 14, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    Is this available for sale? Any preorder links?

  49. KHAIRYL KUSH on May 14, 2022 at 7:35 pm

    Drone should be unmanned aerial vehicle. Just call it quadcopter

  50. Johan Conradie on May 14, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    put on a ROUND! TUBE! below instead of two legs pipes: round !!! one piece! solid as a rock

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