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. 🍄Shaman 96🍄 on July 25, 2021 at 8:55 pm

    I’ll keep my 96 Camaro Z28 SS…..

  2. EditPimp on July 25, 2021 at 8:56 pm

    you’re late in the games, there are hundreds of drones that will carry a person….

  3. entertainment chanal on July 25, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    Era

  4. Felix Samulevich on July 25, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    No safety guaranty presented

  5. supernovat7 on July 25, 2021 at 8:58 pm

    They had this technology 30 years ago!! If only you knew what they have now!

  6. kk256 on July 25, 2021 at 8:59 pm

    미래에는 하늘을 나는 개인 자가용이 생길듯.. 멋지네!

  7. JonGabriel Minney on July 25, 2021 at 8:59 pm

    not the first manned "drone". you can thank all the backyard garage enthusiasts for that feat. the audacity of the corporate wheel. we have the most money, even though it has already been done for years…we are the first "official". fuck your official

  8. Mike Tan on July 25, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    Weak.pilipine version much better.but dis design much better

  9. Joseph L on July 25, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    Do they not have the technology to extend these rotors to be atleast above the pilot? Geez.

  10. Philip Biondillo on July 25, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    Back in the 1950s, Popular Science Maganize promised us that this would be available to the mass public before 1965 …… a flying car in every garage ….. then along comes the great society London , ass hole, Johnson …. what followed was what you see today a second rate society falling endlessly into obscurity by its own hand … wow this pisses me off

  11. Ice Wall Bear on July 25, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    New rule. Tech videos no longer get to claim something “is here” unless you can buy the damn thing.

  12. Michael O'Hara on July 25, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    What will these likely sell for?

  13. Cecilio Neves on July 25, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    Quantos minutos essa geringonça voa e quantos metros percorre? 5 minutos e 3 km?

  14. Solo Baut on July 25, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    Keren

  15. driver8 on July 25, 2021 at 9:13 pm

    If a human pilots it its not a drone 😂

  16. Lászlo Nèmet on July 25, 2021 at 9:13 pm

    To kill people by means of drones is easier!?

  17. REC Anything on July 25, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    See description for more details!

  18. For His Glory on July 25, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    -"Honey, I’m gonna fly to the grocery store with the new flying car you bought"
    -"OK, sweetie. The keys are on the counter"
    **Three weeks later**

    -"I’m back honey!"

    Moral of the story… make a faster drone car

  19. brian eves on July 25, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    Why?

  20. Sean Anton on July 25, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    I buying anything TOYOTA THEY ARE THE BEST

  21. Sean Anton on July 25, 2021 at 9:22 pm

    The COROLLA OF THE SKY

  22. Навальный, я приветствую тебя! on July 25, 2021 at 9:22 pm

    It have no use, there are lot better personal transport devices already. ground and air. monowheel for example. Gravity jetpack.

  23. Blue Fainth on July 25, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    You mean second the first recorded human piloted drone happend in the Phillipines

  24. Felix Motanul on July 25, 2021 at 9:28 pm

    I hope the batteries are not Made in CHINA.😍😍😍

  25. CamaroV8 Power on July 25, 2021 at 9:28 pm

    Compare how many scientific Nobel Prizes won by the Japanese compared to the Chinese and Koreans.
    The Chinese and Koreans can learn a thing or two from the Japanese.

  26. NikTheFix on July 25, 2021 at 9:29 pm

    Looks like Lewis Hamilton after a bad crash.

  27. Dan Willemse on July 25, 2021 at 9:30 pm

    Cool..will it town the caravan?

  28. Bill B. on July 25, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    noun (AIRCRAFT) … an aircraft that does not have a
    pilot but is controlled by someone on the ground, used especially for
    dropping bombs or for surveillance

  29. Irla Bento on July 25, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    YAUSHA RAMASHYA viver para sempre

  30. Mauricio Szwerdszarf on July 25, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    Sorry. NO. It is NOT the first. Look at Israel. They did it years ago.

  31. Romstar Transportation on July 25, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    Propeller flight again?
    Looks like we fly back in time….

  32. Bryerton Michael on July 25, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    This explains all the tic-tac UFO’s the military has been seeing in their grainy video footage. 🤓

  33. DJ WIZ NZ on July 25, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    Such primitive technology..

  34. M- Nice on July 25, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    Toyota is way behind. That thing is trash.

  35. James Bon on July 25, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    I will get one before i die lol

  36. Agui007 on July 25, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    Hang on…weren’t the Nazi’s constructing advanced saucer craft in WWII? If so, this is no comparison.

  37. Mahinda in future THE FACTS CENTER on July 25, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    Good

  38. Батон Хлебов on July 25, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    Зачем показывать испытание недоделанного аппарата? 😒👎 Покажите конечнй результат, управление на скорости. 🤔

  39. Donna Iovine on July 25, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    It would make a good carnival ride – not too scary. I guess they’re still working on it.

  40. MIDI Record Putatan Kota kinabalu on July 25, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    great job

  41. entertainment chanal on July 25, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    3000 years people’s will fly in sky

  42. Atomkey Sinclair on July 25, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    Reminds me of old black and white footage where people made these wobbly dangerous contraptions that took off long enough to drop and fall apart in a million pieces.

  43. Tim Dougall on July 25, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    Yes it’s all been done before, it’s not the first piloted drone that will hover at an altitude of five metres and run out of battery life in ten minutes.

  44. Bio-Lecture Series on July 25, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    Waiting eagerly for the moments when it would be commercial

  45. Puia Taurus on July 25, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    The back light though looks like it was sponsored by Tesla😁

  46. Pauline Moles on July 25, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    What happens if you run into a bird?

  47. LAKAMBIS CHANNEL on July 25, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    Ours is the best

  48. jetsuroy jetsuroy. on July 25, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    I like I like. How much

  49. Anubis Ma-At on July 25, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    Every drone has a pilot, most of them are just not sitting inside of it. But they are somewhere controlling the thing.

  50. abhiisheksingh on July 25, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    Pizza delivery at what cost cops patrolling hmm fine .

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