This Car Wants To Light Up The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Flame. You Won’t Believe How!
If you haven’t heard yet, there is a team of Japanese team of engineers backed by Toyota working on a FLYING CAR. Yes, you read that right. A FLYING CAR. In what may be a dream for everyone living the daily nightmare of traffic jams and gridlocks, the Cartivator group aims to use this FLYING CAR to swoop over the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo and light the Olympic Flame to mark the beginning of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Let’s take a deep breath and process all this information.
In a little less than three (3) years time, we will be living the dreams of our forefathers by having a FLYING CAR, an actual car that flies, to help set the gold standard for opening ceremonies for the biggest sporting extravaganza in the world.
In fact, Ryutaro Mori, Cartivator Group’s Business Director is so confident in his company’s technology, that after the Olympic’s ceremony, he reckons that it will take his team just a further five years before it can launch the company’s first commercial flying cars in skies around the world.
“The world is increasingly urbanised, city traffic is getting worse and worse, roads are too expensive to build and maintain,” he said “In addition, the lack of road infrastructure has acted as a bottleneck for the economic development of developing nations. Flying cars will be one viable solution to these transportation and economic issues and will enable people to get from point A to point B faster than ever.”
The work that the 30-strong Cartivator team began in 2012 has made such progress that Toyota recently invested in the project. The car giant has agreed to invest 40 million yen (RM1.5 million) in the effort, which was originally the brainchild of Tsubasa Nakamura, a Toyota engineer.
However, the Cartivator team faces a tough deadline if it is to rise to the largest stage three years from now. But despite plenty of problems that the team face, including stability and safety issues, Mori still believes that his team can overcome these hurdles.
When all these problems are solved, Mori believes the sky is literally the limit.
“We believe people will see the social benefits of flying cars once those issues are solved through global collaboration,” he said.
And while many have seemingly waited forever for the concept of a flying car to become a practical reality, Mori said he and his Cartivator team are fully committed to making its Olympic-sized deadline.