Closer to Flying Cars

The company, SkyDrive, said in a news release on Friday that it had completed a flight test using “the world’s first manned testing machine,” its SD-03 model, an electrical vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicle. The flight time was four minutes, the company said.

The aircraft has one seat and operates with eight motors and two propellers on each corner. It lifted about 3 meters (or about 10 feet) into the air and was operated by a pilot, the company said.

"Safety is one of two challenges preventing the technology from becoming widely used," said Derya Aksaray, an assistant professor of aerospace engineering and mechanics at the University of Minnesota. "Safe autonomous technology for eVTOL aircraft is still being developed."

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