SkyDrive will commence air taxi service during the 2025 World Exposition in Osaka, Japan.
By 2025, travel curators will be crafting a ‘flying car’ holiday package as SkyDrive is partnering with Suzuki Motor Corporation for the commercialization of flying cars. Japanese manufacturer SkyDrive is developing a compact, two-seater electric-powered flying car with plans for full-scale production.
SkyDrive, a company that was established in July 2018 to create mobility revolution, will begin air taxi service during the 2025 World Exposition in Osaka, Japan. This will be expanded to other regions of Japan before scaling up to other parts of the world. Both brands will collaborate in R&D, planning of manufacturing and mass-production systems, development of overseas markets with an initial focus on India. The brands will also promote carbon neutrality. SkyDrive has also signed a Supporter Agreement with EY Strategy and Consulting in Tokyo, under which SkyDrive will receive strategy consulting services for its air mobility business.
The introduction of flying cars will also boost the tourism potential of Japan. The country has been a tourism hub for HNI travellers seeking unique experiences such as the Hot Air Balloon Experience in Hakuba or the cable car rides on Mt. Fuji.
According to Japanese National Tourism Organisation, the estimated number of international travelers to Japan in January 2022 was 17,800. This is a 61.7% decrease from 46,522 in the previous year, and the fourth(4th) consecutive month of negative year-on-year growth. While these are the post-pandemic statistics, the travel scene will only improve with the introduction of new technological advancements.
Introduction of cutting-edge transportation such as a flying car will boost both leisure and business tourism to Japan.
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