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Toyota is trying to build a flying car to light the torch in the Tokyo Olympics

¥42.5 million

Toyota is investing ¥42.5 million ($386,000) on building a flying car to light the torch at the opening of the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

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¥42.5 million

The car would be called SkyDrive, would fly 10 meters high, and reach 100 km per hour.

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¥42.5 million

That’s if Cartivator, the startup that Toyota is backing, manages to build the thing.

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¥42.5 million

In early June, during a test, the prototype crashed onto the floor and suffered damage after seconds of flight.

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So far, it has an aluminum structure equipped with sensors and eight propellers.

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