TOKYO -- A volunteer organization backed by Toyota Motor and others to develop a flying car is making headway, announcing Thursday two development bases for efforts to have the vehicle ready for the capital's Olympic year of 2020.
Founded in 2012, the Cartivator project is spearheaded by young engineers from the Japanese automaker and elsewhere. Roughly 100 volunteers use their time off to get their shared dream, the Skydrive, off the ground.
The new development bases will be located in Tokyo and Toyota City. The carmaker, Fujitsu and the Aichi Prefecture city will help equip them.
Cartivator's new Aichi Prefecture base, in Toyota City's new Sentan manufacturing-innovation facility, will open its doors Sunday. Engineers there will focus on the development of the Skydrive chassis.
The Tokyo base will be located at a manufacturing facility of a membership-based workshop run by a Fujitsu subsidiary. Cartivator volunteers will build prototypes of parts for the vehicle.
Cartivator said it has completed design specifications for a full-scale prototype, releasing an image of how the Skydrive will look.