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Pasona conducts a flying car test on Awaji Island

The Yomiuri Shimbun
A flying car takes off in the island city of Awaji, Hyogo Prefecture, on March 10.

AWAJI, Hyogo (Jiji Press) – Pasona Group Inc. on Sunday conducted a test of a flying car in the island city of Awaji, Hyogo Prefecture, in collaboration with partners including the Awaji Municipal Government.

The vehicle, carrying two inspectors, flew autonomously during the test.

The large Japanese temporary employment service group wants to use the flying car for tourism and as infrastructure in the event of disasters.

The two-seater, made by Chinese autonomous aircraft manufacturer EHang, can reach a speed of up to 130 km/h. During the test, the vehicle climbed up to 40 meters in height and flew for about four minutes at speeds of up to 25 km/h.

Hyogo Governor Motohiko Saito, who visited the test site to inspect the vehicle’s flight, showed high hopes for the new mode of transportation’s potential.

“Continued testing of the flying car in Awaji, not only for use in tourism, but also in logistics, for medical purposes and as local infrastructure, would serve as a model for all parts of Japan,” Saito said.

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