Yamato Holdings Eyes Delivery by Flying Cars in Mid-2020s

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Tokyo, Oct. 12 (Jiji Press)--Japanese parcel delivery group Yamato Holdings Co. <9064> said Friday that it will work with leading U.S. helicopter maker Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. to realize delivery services using flying cars by the mid-2020s.

A flying car can be viewed as a vehicle between a helicopter and a drone. The two companies will collaborate in developing unmanned transport aircraft and cargo containers.

Flying cars, powered by electricity and capable of vertical takeoff and landing, are drawing attention as a future means of transportation.

Bell Helicopter, based in Fort Worth, Texas, will develop unmanned transport aircraft that can fly faster than 160 kilometers per hour.

A planned small version will have a maximum payload capacity of 7 kilograms while a bigger one will be capable of carrying as much as 453 kilograms.

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