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Flying-car startup Joby lands partnership with Japan's ANA

Toyota-backed company says air taxis could cut through Tokyo and Osaka traffic

ANA and Joby Aviation hope to commercialize aerial ride-sharing services in Japan in fiscal 2025. (Photo courtesy of Joby Aviation)

TOKYO -- ANA Holdings has joined hands with U.S. startup Joby Aviation to explore aerial ride-sharing services, the parent of All Nippon Airways said Tuesday, becoming the latest Japanese company to seek potential business opportunities involving flying cars.

Toyota Motor-backed Joby is developing an all-electric, five-seat aircraft that takes off and lands vertically and has a range of more than 240 km. The vehicle would be able to carry passengers from the Kansai Airport to Osaka Station in less than 15 minutes, compared with about an hour by car.

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