Japan Embraces VTOL Development

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While most countries are taking a regulatory approach to VTOLs and other “flying car” technology, Japan is making their development a government priority. The Japanese government has been actively soliciting companies who have some skin in the point-to-point transportation game to develop a coordinated approach to help solve some daunting transportation challenges. According to TransportUp.com, the Ministry of Trade, Economy and Industry started meeting with private and public sector players last month in what it calls the “mobility service.” The list so far includes some prominent names.

This week Subaru and Boeing joined Toyota, Japan Airlines, ANA and Yamato Holdings (Japan’s FedEx) in getting the ball rolling. A major meeting of all those minds came together in the Public-Private Conference for Future Air Mobility on Aug. 29. The government wants a nationwide game plan for integrating the new technology into its transportation system. It has powerful incentive to overcome the legendary traffic problems, mountainous terrain and crowded urban areas that make getting from place to place difficult.

Comments (4)

Having both crowded skies and crowded roads is not a solution at all; it's just creates more of a problem. Unlike trains and buses, VTOL aircraft do not scale well so you will need a LOT of them just to replace one bus and hundreds to replace just one train. It's lunacy to believe that VTOL aircraft are a "solution" to moving massive amounts of people in crowded urban areas.

Posted by: Mark Fraser | September 11, 2018 7:04 AM    Report this comment

It's lunacy to suggest that VTOL aircraft are a solution to moving a large quantity of people.
One bus carries more than 20 VTOL aircraft in the sky.
One commuter train carries more than several hundred VTOL aircraft.

The end result is that the sky gets even more crowded than the ground!
Think, people.

Posted by: Mark Fraser | September 11, 2018 12:43 PM    Report this comment

All this will do is make the skies as crowded as the ground!
Do the math, people.

Posted by: Mark Fraser | September 11, 2018 5:57 PM    Report this comment

The only result will be a crowded ground and a crowded sky.

Posted by: Mark Fraser | September 12, 2018 6:22 AM    Report this comment

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