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Toyota Could Take to the Air – Starting with 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Automaker looking at “aerial solutions,” along with number other winged hopefuls.

by on Jun.05, 2017

The Cartivator briefly takes to the air.

Already the world’s largest automotive manufacturer, Toyota might soon dominate personal transportation on the ground – and in the air.

The industry giant is lending its support to a small Japanese tech firm, Cartivator Resource Management, that is developing a single-seat flying car it hopes to have ready to demonstrate in time for the opening ceremonies at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, a company spokesman confirmed. Longer-term, Toyota itself is looking at what it describes as “aerial solutions.”

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“Is Toyota planning to make a business out of flying cars?” the company asked of itself in a statement provided to TheDetroitBureau.com. “We are advancing broad research and development on ways of transportation, including aerial solutions,” it continued, adding “Such efforts are only in the very-early stages, and nothing has been decided yet about commercialization.”

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Jetsons’ Flying Car Closer to Reality

Terrafugia Transition flying car could be roadworthy – and airborne – by 2012.

by on Jul.06, 2011

Come Josephine in my flying (and driving) machine, as the Terrafugia Transition comes closer to reality.

It’s been a fantasy for more than a century. Even Henry Ford hoped to find a way to get one of his early flivvers to fly, but after countless failures it may soon become a reality.

Federal regulators have approved a series of exemptions that could get the Terrafugia Transition off the drawing boards and into production as early as 2012.

Designers have equipped the car/plane hybrid with a variety of automotive safety features, including airbags, that typically aren’t offered by most private aircraft.  The challenge has been to overcome some automotive standards that don’t quite work when your car is sprouting wings.  So exemptions from certain rules, such as side-impact standards, had to be authorized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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That challenge resolved, Woburn, Massachusetts-based Terrafugia plans to have at least one production prototypes on display later this month at the EAA AirVenture, the annual “fly-in” at Oshkosh, Wisconsin that draws pilots and flying fans from around the world.

“The vehicle will not be ready to fly” at the show, as originally promised, noted a statement from the start-up aircraft maker’s CEO Carl Dietrich.  “The first test flights would be expected in March of next year,” due to a number of other delays Terrafugia blames on its suppliers.

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