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Japan's SkyDrive eyes 2026 U.S. launch of flying cars

Service would begin in South Carolina, ferrying between airports and cities

SkyDrive's SD-05 electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle, which the company hopes to operate in South Carolina. (Photo courtesy of SkyDrive)

NAGOYA, Japan -- Japanese flying car startup SkyDrive plans to begin commercial service in 2026, lifting off in the U.S. state of South Carolina, the company said on Wednesday.

SkyDrive intends to operate flights between airports and city centers. The company, based in the central Japanese prefecture of Aichi, has formed a South Carolina office and begun talks with state authorities and two airports heading toward commercialization of the project.

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