SkyDrive Inc. (headquartered in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo; Tomohiro FUKUZAWA, CEO) is proud to announce that it has signed a partnership agreement with the Osaka Prefectural Government (Governor: Hirofumi YOSHIMURA) and the Osaka City Government (Mayor: Ichiro MATSUI) for the practical application of its flying cars1 in Osaka. Together we will promote the development of science and technology, the strengthening of disaster management and response capabilities, the creation of innovation, the revitalization of the region, and the generation of momentum toward World Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai Japan2. SkyDrive is a world-leading developer of urban air mobility solutions employing flying cars and cargo drones.
Partnership Agreement on Realization of Flying Cars
Date of Conclusion: September 14, 2021
Objectives of the Partnership
Through the development and practical application of flying cars, we will seek to advance science and technology, strengthen disaster management and response capabilities, develop innovation, revitalize local communities, and drive momentum toward Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai, Japan.
Details of the Partnership
Background of the Partnership Agreement
The Osaka Prefectural Government established the Roundtable in November 2020 in order to accelerate the introduction of flying cars in the Osaka Bay area and since then the Roundtable has been playing a central role in discussions and practical action geared to achieving this objective.
As a leading developer and manufacturer of flying cars, SkyDrive aims to realize the implementation an air taxi service in the Osaka Bay area for use during Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai. We are working to prepare the ground for service providers and port operators to engage in concrete discussions regarding this plan while also gaining a deeper understanding of local residents and improving social acceptance of flying cars. As such, we have been collaborating with various stakeholders as part of our contribution to the work of the Roundtable.
As one Roundtable initiative, SkyDrive will conduct a “Feasibility Study of an Air Taxi Service Using Flying Cars” this autumn jointly with Obayashi Corporation, Kansai Electric Power Company Inc., Kintetsu Group Holdings Co., Ltd., and Tokio Marine and Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd. This study is expected to clarify the levels of recognition and social acceptance of flying cars as well as verify the feasibility of air taxi services as an ongoing business in future years.4
In our new partnership with Osaka Prefecture and Osaka City we continue striving to advance recognition and social acceptance of flying cars through current and new initiatives with the shared aim of stimulating innovation, creating new industries, and growing the region’s economy while enhancing the quality and convenience of residents’ daily lives and reinforcing disaster management and response capabilities in the Osaka Bay area.
Hirofumi YOSHIMURA, Governor of Osaka Prefecture
In November 2020, the Osaka Prefectural Government set up the Osaka Roundtable in order to put flying cars into actual use in Osaka and since then the public and private sectors have been working together on this project targeting World Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai as a milestone. Signing a partnership agreement with such a promising developer as SkyDrive should strengthen our collaboration and I think it brings us one step closer to achieving our goal. We are determined to create the Osaka of the future, where flying cars will soon be traversing the skies, providing residents and visitors with enhanced convenience and vital services.
Ichiro MATSUI, Mayor of Osaka City
Once flying cars become an established means of transportation they will do more than shorten travel times and improve convenience. They can also be used to respond to disasters, as a tourist resource, and to address various administrative issues. On the shores of Osaka Bay, the city of Osaka is home to a wide array of enterprises in various fields and as such it has the potential to develop flying cars into a vibrant new industry. I very much hope that this partnership agreement will accelerate our efforts to make flying cars a reality at World Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai and to commercialize this new mode of transportation, thereby stimulating innovation and promoting industry more generally in our city.
Tomohiro FUKUZAWA, Chief Executive Officer, SkyDrive Inc.
We have continued to discuss the social introduction of flying cars with the Osaka Prefectural Government and the Osaka City Government and this partnership agreement brings us one step closer to realizing the practical use of flying cars. Osaka is the ideal place to launch air mobility in Japan because of its record of innovation, the scheduled World Exposition, and its topography, with the metropolitan area built around and connected by rivers, the bay, and the sea. Flying cars will make it possible to use the skies for daily transportation, providing convenience and enjoyment, and we will also promote how this new technology will strengthen disaster management and response capabilities, foster innovation, and revitalize local communities.
Date: Sep 15, 2021
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