When we think of the future we think of flying cars, skyscrapers reaching the stars, and colonies on distant planets. One that captivates most is the thought of flying cars. Watching Back to the Future and seeing flying cars in the year 2015 before 2015 was a real wonder but then 2015 came around and there were no flying cars in sight. Maybe the day has come, maybe we are reaching the future, after hearing the news of the works in Japan. In the vast lands of the country, the electronic giants NEC corp is working to achieve the flight of cars. The small four-winged craft hovered off ground for 1 minute during a test experiment. You may think 1 minute is not extraordinary but it is the first step of many more to achieve flight for cars.
NEC is a multinational provider of technology services and products and their main goal right now is working for a faster and more reliable way of shipping. On technologyreview.com they reported that NEC has been spending their time for about one year trying to master take off. Author of the article Charlotte Jee said that ̈developing the model, which weighs about 150 kilograms (331 pounds) and is 3.9 meters (12.7 feet) long ̈ proving to citizens that it is a big achievement for the craft to stay in the air for 1 minute. NEC isn't the only one trying to achieve flight other companies such as Boeing, Airbus, and Uber are trying but none have gone as far as NEC. The author of the article by the Washington post said ̈The technology still has several kinks to work out, such as battery life, safety, and regulation ̈. Even though there are still problems with the testing they are trying to tone down the size, noise, and controls of a normal helicopter. They are hoping to tone down the noise and size by making the wings in the form of a drone-like structure.
While NEC isn't necessarily worrying about flight of cars just yet they are hoping for it in the future. Right now they are just focussed on making delivery drones for faster shipping. The company says that they hope and think to have flying cars in the 2030s. While being asked Norihiko Ishiguro, vice president of the company what the big fuss was for faster shipping while there already is relatively fast shipping he replied with ̈We at NEC believe that a revolution of travel centered on flying cars will occur ̈. The company hopes to be up and going delivering goods in the year 2023. Japanese wants these drones to be flown in densely populated cities for easier transport and not as much road traffic chaos on the ground. In the United States, Uber hopes to have the same thing as the Japanese do while in Dubai they wish to gain police hoverbikes. Though technically flying cars do not exist yet you can sure say were headed in the right direction.