A Flying Car is Cool, A Flying Motorcycle is Cooler

graphic of flying car

You may recall in January we told you about a flying car being shown at CES in Las Vegas (follow this link and scroll down on the page to see the flying car). But while the US is working on developing a flying car, a Japanese company is developing what many would feel is a cooler concept – a flying motorcycle.

See the flying motorcycle from Japan…

Actually, truth be told, there are several projects seeking to develop a flying car, not just in the US but globally. This includes Japan, but one company there, A.L.I. Technologies Inc. hopes to first popularize a flying motorcycle to pave the way for flying cars later.

In a report by The Japan Times, A.L.I. Technologies CEO Shuhei Komatsu says they plan to launch their flying motorcycle in the mass market by 2022. That’s just a few short years from now, and the report notes that Komatsu is exuding supreme confidence that this is a realistic time-frame.

Based in Tokyo, A.L.I. Technologies is a drone manufacturing company – mostly selling small drones. In essence, this new product they’re working on – called a “hover bike” – would be a real life saver in emerging economies, such as Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, who all suffer from poor road infrastructure.

photo of a hover bike
A.L.I Technologies Inc. Hover Bike [Click to enlarge]

“We’ll create a (flying) bike first, in order to get flying cars widely used in society eventually. Our hover bike is an ensemble of drone technologies.”

Shuhei Komatsu, CEO, A.L.I. Technologies Inc.

The company plans on using propeller power – larger versions of their existing drone technologies as Komatsu mentioned – and run a few centimeters off the ground over almost any kind of terrain. Say goodbye to potholes. The company says its hover bikes will include collision avoidance sensors for enhanced safety. In a demonstration to Japanese media, a rider powered it up and flew it a few feet to show it works and is maneuverable.

Komatsu is said to be very serious about this project. In fact, the company will begin offering consumers the opportunity to pre-order a special limited edition version that they plan to sell next year. Reservations will begin to be accepted next month. Although they have not announced a firm price, Komatsu told The Japan Times it would cost about the same as minivehicles (small cars).

The company is now seeking approval from transportation authorities to have their hover bikes share the road with conventional vehicles in 2020. Mass production will start in 2022.

About Ted

A sales and marketing specialist - primarily in the technology industry - I've experienced a sort of "circle of life" in business. I've been a mass merchant retailer, a specialty retailer, a specialty manufacturer, a large volume manufacturer, a distributor, and even represented sales representatives. Now the owner of a marketing company that works with a variety of businesses on improving their strategic marketing and business development - I analyze issues from all angles to develop holistic solutions.

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