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Tokyo Motor Show embraces drone races and flying cars

Space exploration tech and immersive sports experiences added to woo visitors

Panasonic's Autonomous Living Space Cabin enables passengers to relax as if they are in a living room. (Photo by Kei Higuchi)

TOKYO -- The Tokyo Motor Show kicks off on Thursday with a new format meant to make the traditional vehicle showcase into an expo that holds drone races, shows off a flying car and presents a future in which commuters move seamlessly between the road and sky.

Despite the show's attendance being on the decline for years now, the organizer expects 1 million visitors this year. It is an ambitious target that would represent a 30% increase from what the previous motor show, in 2017, drew.

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