Japan Aims to Put Flying Cars into Practical Use in 2020s

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Tokyo, Nov. 17 (Jiji Press)--Japan's transport and industry ministries have presented a draft roadmap stipulating the start of flying cars' practical use in the 2020s.

According to the draft, shown to a public-private council meeting on Friday, necessary technologies and regulations will be developed by the middle of the 2020s and flying cars will be used to carry people and goods on remote islands and in mountainous areas. Their use for human transportation in urban areas is set to start in the 2030s.

At the meeting, some members suggested that flying cars be put into first-aid and disaster response operations after their safety is secured.

There were also opinions calling for discussions on how to enable those cars to be used anywhere on the globe, including on standardization between Japan and the United States.

Flying cars, which look more like drones than helicopters, are seen as next-generation means of transportation and physical distribution.

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