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SkyDrive signs agreement with JR Kyushu to commence feasibility study in Kyushu region

SkyDrive, a leading Japanese eVTOL aircraft manufacturer based in Japan, and Kyushu Railway Company today announced that they have signed an agreement to conduct a feasibility study for eVTOL deployment in the Kyushu region of Japan.

SkyDrive signs agreement with JR Kyushu to commence feasibility study in Kyushu region
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JR Kyushu is expanding various businesses that enrich travel and lifestyles by leveraging its broad “integrated corporate strength” in railway station shopping malls, distribution, food services, tourism and leisure, business services, construction, and other areas in Kyushu.

SkyDrive and JR Kyushu believe that introducing the SkyDrive in Kyushu will further attract visitors to tourist destinations, contribute to regional development, and enable advanced and attractive urban development.

Under this partnership, SkyDrive and JR Kyushu agreed to conduct implementation studies including business plans and geographical analyses, with the aim of launching routes utilizing JR Kyushu’s railroad stations, commercial facilities, and other locations.

“eVTOL” is an abbreviation for electric vertical takeoff and landing. eVTOL aircraft are characterized by electrification, a fully autonomous autopilot, and vertical takeoff and landing. It is also called Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) or Urban Air Mobility (UAM).

“SKYDRIVE” is a product name of SkyDrive Model SD-05. Model SD-05 is in the process of acquiring its Japan Civil Aviation Bureau certification.

Cover picture: An envisioned transfer point between railroads and flying cars (source: SkyDrive).

More information https://en.skydrive2020.com