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.



‘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.’



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