In recent years, we haven’t heard a lot from Japanese carmakers, Subaru; a business that has placed their focuses on new technology rather than explosive vehicle launches. However, it appears that we will be seeing a lot more from the speed junkies, this week announcing details of a rather exciting venture.
Joining forces with Uber and Beoing, the three businesses are apparently working on the launch of a flying car. Working on coalition with the Japanese government, the “flying kuruma” is expected to take flight within the next decade.
Said to be slightly lagging behind as a country when it comes to autonomy and ride-sharing cars, the Japanese are doing all they can to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to flying cars.
When first learning of this venture, we were a little concerned that there were too many cooks. However, according to an official statement, the businesses will have very defined roles in the development of flying cars. Apparently, Uber will handle the ride-sharing aspect, Subaru will take the helm of the development of the automotive component and Boeing will be dealing with the flight aspect.
While between them they will have an incredible knowledge, the project will require a great deal of money to get off the ground. According to sources, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is looking for $57 million for the development of new battery and motor technology to be used in flying cars.
The Ministry said:
“Globally, there is a growing interest in what is called ‘flying cars’ that will enable such transportation services in the sky.
“Japan, too, aims to achieve speedier and more convenient transportation services for people and goods, while trying to create a new industry that can be competitive and profitable in world markets.”
Let us know what you think, should this be Japan’s focus when it comes to transport?