back in 2019, american startup next future mobility (NFT) announced plans to build a flying car that looked like an SUV and could take off using a set of retractable wings. dubbed ASKA — which means flying bird in japanese — the world’s first drive and fly aerial mobility vehicle has been made available for pre-order. the new door-to-door mobility option offers users the freedom to choose to travel on the road or in the air. 

ASKA is a street-legal flying car that could take off in 2026
images by ASKA

 

 

ASKA, a four-seater vehicle, can drive on the road like a car, is capable of vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), as well as short takeoff and landing (STOL), and flies like an aircraft. its aerodynamic design provides it with a great driving experience on the road and fly safely and efficiently in the air. it has a flight range of up to 250 miles powered by electric motors and features a range extender as a redundant safety system. its electric architecture ensures future models can convert the range extenders to any other energy source including hydrogen.

https://www.designboom.com/technology/aska-flying-car-folding-wing-evtol-06-13-2019/

 

 

‘we have focused significantly on ASKA’s safety elements, which include dual energy sources, large wings, large propellers, 6 pack of batteries to ensure ASKA™ is as safe in the air as it is on the ground,’ said guy kaplinsky, co-founder & CEO, NFT, inc. ‘we anticipate that flying cars that are accessible to the general public will be as instrumental in re-defining how and where we live, as the original automobile was to the foundation of our country’s highway and road systems.’

https://www.designboom.com/technology/aska-flying-car-folding-wing-evtol-06-13-2019/

 

 

ASKA can be boarded at home, on the street or in a parking lot and can be driven like a regular car. it can easily transition to flight mode by lifting off vertically in a designated vertical launch space. as its wings open, it transitions to a smooth flight programmed to the driver’s destination. after transitioning to vertical landing in a vertipad, users can drive it as a car back home or leave it parked in a standard parking lot.

 

‘to build a better society and a better economy, we need better transportation solutions, and flying cars will be a part of that equation,’ said maki kaplinsky, co-founder & chair/COO, NFT inc.   

 

 

project info:

 

name: ASKA

company: NFT