Japan Startup Targets Supercar Users With $700,000 Hoverbike

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The "XTurismo Limited Edition" hoverbike is pictured during its objection  astatine  Fuji Speedway successful  Oyama, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, connected  Oct. 26, 2021.  (A.L.I. Technologies/Handout via Reuters)

The "XTurismo Limited Edition" hoverbike is pictured during its objection astatine Fuji Speedway successful Oyama, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, connected Oct. 26, 2021. (A.L.I. Technologies/Handout via Reuters)

TOKYO—A Japanese startup backed by shot subordinate Keisuke Honda hopes to transportation affluent consumers to swap their supercar for a 77.7 cardinal yen ($680,000) hoverbike which went connected merchantability connected Tuesday.

The “XTurismo Limited Edition” from Tokyo-based drone startup A.L.I. Technologies is equipped with a accepted motor and 4 battery-powered motors and promises to alert for 40 minutes astatine up to 62 mph.

“Until present the prime has been to determination connected the crushed oregon astatine standard successful the sky. We anticipation to connection a caller method of movement,” Chief Executive Daisuke Katano told Reuters.

The achromatic and reddish hoverbike consists of a motorcycle-like assemblage connected apical of propellers. The instrumentality rests connected landing skids erstwhile stationary.

The startup, whose backers see concern heavyweights Mitsubishi Electric and Kyocera, demonstrated the motorcycle with a abbreviated formation a fewer meters disconnected the crushed astatine a contention way adjacent Mount Fuji.

Katano said that successful the adjacent word its uses volition beryllium constricted to specified sites—and volition not beryllium allowed to alert implicit Japan’s packed roads. But the motorcycle could beryllium utilized by rescue teams to scope hard to entree locations, helium said.

Strict regulations successful Japan driven by information concerns person hobbled the maturation of sectors similar ride-sharing. Pending regularisation changes could widen the bike’s imaginable applications, Katano said.

Funding is flowing to startups from California-based Joby Aviation to Israel’s AIR who committedness to usher successful an epoch of idiosyncratic aerial proscription from jetpacks to flying taxis.

Commercial occurrence for A.L.I. Technologies, whose suppliers see motor shaper Kawasaki Heavy, would assistance reenforce Japan’s concern borderline amid a displacement toward caller exertion specified arsenic autonomous and electrical vehicles.

By Sam Nussey and Akira Tomoshige

Reuters

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