NEC Tests Flying Car

Economy Science Technology

Abiko, Chiba Pref., Aug. 5 (Jiji Press)--NEC Corp. <6701> on Monday tested its "flying car," which uses electric propellers to hover in the air.

Flying cars are seen having potential for being used to save lives during emergencies and solving urban traffic congestion.

The public test by the Japanese electronics firm, held in Abiko, Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, comes at a time when the development of such vehicles is heating up in Japan and abroad.

NEC's experimental vehicle is 3.9 meters long, 3.7 meters wide and 1.3 meters tall. It weighs 150 kilograms and is equipped with dual propellers at the four corners.

The vehicle took off vertically, flew up to 3 meters above ground and stayed in the air for 30 seconds.

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