The future SD-05 model is eyed as an air taxi for World Expo 2025 in Osaka.
LAS VEGAS (Dec. 16, 2021) – At CES® Unveiled (Jan. 3) and CES 2022 (Jan. 5-8), SkyDrive, a Tokyo-based aero tech startup, will demonstrate its ultra-light and compact flying vehicle that requires no runway. Designed to vertically take off and land with superb stability, this emission-free electric vehicle enables fast and safe door-to-door transportation anywhere, including uses for emergency rescue. Successfully tested for manned flight, SkyDrive recently advanced toward commercialization with the Japanese transportation ministry’s acceptance of its type certificate application — a major milestone that no other flying vehicle developers have reached in Japan.
CES 2022 will see Model SD-03, a demonstration model for the new, autonomous SD-05, which is currently under development and eyed as an air taxi for World Expo 2025 in Osaka.
“SkyDrive’s emission-free vehicles can quickly take off from and land in your parking lot and helipads atop buildings, making door-to-door air service a realistic choice of daily urban transportation,” SkyDrive CEO Tomohiro Fukuzawa said. “We are working harder and faster than ever to make this once-in-a-century mobility revolution a reality. We cannot wait to be in Las Vegas to demonstrate the SD-03 model, which is the culmination of our expertise in drone technologies and aerodynamic engineering.”
Jan. 3 — CES Unveiled (Mandalay Bay Level 2) — SD-03 miniature model
Jan. 5-8 — J-Startup Pavilion (Eureka Park) — Full-scale SD-03 for people to climb aboard
|Dimensions||4.0 m (L) x 4.0 m (W) x 2.0 m (H)|
|Passenger capacity||Driver only|
|Number of propellers||8|
|Max takeoff weight||400 kg|
|Max cruise speed||40-50 km/h|
|Flight time||5-10 mins|
CES is one of the world’s largest technology trade shows that takes place annually in Las Vegas. CES 2021 made history by bringing together more than 2,000 companies, including 700 startups online – a scale unheard of for all-digital events. CES will return to Las Vegas in 2022 while also holding digital exhibitions. At CES 2020 held prior to the new coronavirus pandemic, 4,600 companies showcased 20,000 new products and services.