“Roads? Where we're going, we don’t need roads."
The famous line uttered by Doc Brown in “Back to the Future" is becoming a reality. Japanese company NEC Corporation unveiled a flying car prototype and took it for a test flight in Japan this week.
The vehicle, which is about the size of a rickshaw, has four propellers around its perimeter, allowing to go airborne in similar fashion to a drone.
The vehicle, which has a seat in the middle, was actually unmanned and controlled via a remote. While it only got about 10 feet off the ground, it was nonetheless impressive.
Contraptions like this will initially be used for unmanned deliveries and Japan aims to start using them in about five years, according to reports. Manned use is projected to begin around the year 2030.
There's no word whether the flying cars run on compost like they did in the “Back to the Future” films.