Yamato, Bell Test Autonomous VTOL Cargo Craft

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Fort Worth, Texas, Aug. 26 (Jiji Press)--Yamato Holdings Co. <9064> and Bell Textron Inc. conducted an autonomous test flight of Bell's vertical takeoff and landing cargo craft at a testing site near Fort Worth, Texas, on Monday.

They aim to put the drone into practical use by 2025 in Japan, where labor shortages in the transportation sector are expected to be more severe.

The craft is 1.8 meters high and 2.7 meters wide and weighs 140 kilograms. During the test, it hovered some 50 meters above the ground.

Yutaka Nagao, president of Yamato, a Japanese transportation company, said the test "marked the start of a new logistics business model."

Yamato engages in developing a cargo pod that can carry payload of up to some 32 kilograms being attached to the VTOL craft.

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