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Japan-built flying car set for first test flights on home turf

Tokyo startup teTra has already been cleared by FAA for remote testing in the US

The Mk-5 has a 160 km range and is expected to start at around $360,000. (Photo courtesy of teTra Aviation)

TOKYO -- A Japanese flying car with a Ferrari-sized price tag will begin test flights in its home country by next spring, marking its first air miles with a pilot on board.

University of Tokyo-spawned startup teTra Aviation plans to begin testing its single-person electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft with an operator on board in Japan by March 2022. The Tokyo company has received certification for testing from the Federal Aviation Administration in the U.S. and is conducting tests there without an operator aboard.

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