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Flying cars get a lift from Denso and Honeywell

Japan-US duo to collaborate on propulsion systems for 'urban air mobility'

A rendering of an air taxi whose development is being explored by American helicopter maker Bell. It is anticipated that the vehicles will rely on hybrid and electric propulsion systems to fly. (Illustration courtesy of Bell)

TOKYO -- Japanese automotive parts supplier Denso will join forces with Honeywell International to jointly develop electric and hybrid propulsion systems for flying passenger vehicles under plans announced Monday.

The powertrains will use traction motors and inverters found in hybrid and fully electric autos. Denso, a Toyota Motor group company, holds a large global share in these components for hybrids.

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