A Japanese firm is planning to release a mass-market flying motorcycle by 2022, its CEO has announced.
Tokyo-based venture company A.L.I. Technologies Inc., which mainly develops small drones, desires to sell the product, called a “hover bike”, in growing economies in Africa, the Middle East and Asia with poor road infrastructure, The Japan Times reported.
“We’ll generate a (flying) bike first, in order to get flying cars widely used in society finally,” CEO Shuhei Komatsu stated.
“Our hover bike is an ensemble of drone technologies,” he claimed, expressing self-confidence that his company can commercialize the flying motorcycle.
The envisioned vehicle will utilize propeller power to hover dozens of centimetres above the ground. It will stay at the desired altitude through technologies that use sensors to avoid obstacles.
A.L.I. Technologies is developing an exclusive limited version for sale around late up coming year.
Bookings will be accepted in May at the earliest.
As for the mass-market model, Komatsu claimed: “We wish to deliver it to customers from around 2022.”
He claimed the cost will be able to roughly match those of mini-vehicles.