The Japanese government aims to build prototype electric flying cars and conduct test-flights next year, hoping to put the technology into practical use in the 2020s, according to a draft road map.
The government expects flying vehicles to be used for leisure activities and cargo transportation in the 2020s, and also for transportation in rural areas.
By the 2030s, they are envisioned to be used in urban transportation.
The government also plans to decide on mechanical standards for the vehicles and technical skills required for drivers, as well as laws to ensure safety.
It will also support technological developments so flying cars will have low noise, along with the same safety level as airplanes.
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