Flying Car Research Laboratory

Flying Car Lab researches holistic system design of aircraft, business and transportation using flying cars, with an aim to launch a start-up in the near future and propose relevant policies to realize flying cars.

We welcome new students (incl. working students) with particular majors such as technology, physics and economics. Those who have an interest in AI, in particular, are encouraged to contact Flying Car Lab. You will enjoy collaboration research with JAXA and others.

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About Flying Car Research Lab

Purpose and Target:

The purpose of the lab is to design transportation, business, and aircraft systems of 3D transportation using flying cars, as the basis for launching a start-up with competence in the world markets. The lab also aims to develop a consortium by actively collaborating with the industry, government and academia within and outside Japan.

Activities:

Flying Car Lab researches system design of transportation, business, and aircraft, for 3D transportation using flying cars, with an aim to launch a start-up in the near future and propose relevant policies for the realization.

Research topics of Flying Car Lab include automatic traffic management system enabling high density flight in the future, market needs survey in and outside Japan, and feasibility study of the aircraft. We take a holistic approach for system optimization, by concurrently conducting above-mentioned studies.

We are actively collaborating with the industry, government and academia, and welcome students with specialties such as science, technology and economics.

– Regular Workshops
The members present and discuss the research results in a bi-monthly workshop with the collaborative parties.
– Research
Stakeholder analysis
Business model development
Requirement definition for aircraft systems
Verification of technical feasibility
Legal affairs and public relations
Urban planning

Materials:

Lab’s Poster

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Prof. Masaru NAKANO’s article

“Good Opportunities of Flying Cars for the Japanese Industries and Government with a Vision to Develop a Sustainable Society”
Mar. 21, 2019 The Nikkei morning eidition, and the Nikkei Online Edition

See the article (Japanese only)

 

Proposal at Public-Private Conference for Future Air Mobility for roadmapping of flying cars (Oct. 2, 2018)

Slides

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Part of the interview results of the Flying Car Lab on the views of potential flying car users (Presented at Public-Private Conference for Future Air Mobility, Dec. 20, 2018)

Slides

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Members:

Masaru NAKANO, Professor, Keio SDM*
Aki NAKAMOTO, Assiatant Professor, Keio SDM*
Tsubasa NAKAMURA, Assiatant Professor, Keio SDM*, Co Representative, CARTIVATOR

*Keio SDM
Graduate School of System Design and Management, Keio University

(2nd year Master’s students)
・Yusuke Mihara
Airframe Design Optimization and Market Forecast of Flying Car
・Julio Budiman
Design of a Collision Avoidance System in Three-Dimensional Space for Flying Cars
・PAYUHAVORAKULCHAI Pawnlada
Process of Configuration Design by Systems Engineering Approach and Cost Estimation for Autonomous Air Ambulance

(1st year Master’s students)
・Kozo Unno
Future mobility services by utilizing “flying car” for Local revitalization
・Atsushi Iwamura
A study to adopt flying car to an emergency medical mobility – Architecture Design –

Contact:

C6N07, 6F Collaboration Complex, 4-1-1 Hiyoshi, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 223-8526 Japan
flying-car-lab[a]sdm.keio.ac.jp
(at sign for [a])

 

News

News

Mar. 21, 2019: Prof. Masaru NAKANO’s article was featured in the Nikkei

“Good Opportunities of Flying Cars for the Japanese Industries and Government with a Vision to Develop a Sustainable Society”
Mar. 21, 2019 The Nikkei morning eidition, and the Nikkei Online Edition

See the article (Japanese only)

 

Mar. 5, 2019: Tsubasa NAKAMURA’s interview article was featured in Keio University Journal Mita Hyoron.

“Flying Car and Keio Gijuku”
Feb. 2019 issue, Mita Hyoron
See the article (Japanese only)

Mar. 4, 2019: Tsubasa NAKAMURA’s presentation on the overview of the Flying Car Lab’s research (Oct. 26, 2018) was featured in a report published by the Society of Scientific Systems.

Report (Japanese only)

 

Feb. 7, 2019: Stakeholder interview and Tokyo Sky Cruise heli ride at Excel Air Service to assess the feasibility of the Flying Car Lab’s proposal* to be made to JAXA in Feb 2019

*”JAXA Aeronautical Technology Innovation Challenge 2018 Powered by DBJ

Professor Masaru Nakano, Keio Flying Car Research Lab
Theme: Proposal of a Service Plan for Sustainable Revitalization of the Local Economy Using Flying Cars

Jan. 22, 2019: Briefing from a professional helicopter pilot about how to read weather maps

Dec. 20, 2018: Prof. Nakano presented part of the Flying Car Lab’s interview results on the views of potential flying car users, at Public-Private Conference for Future Air Mobility, where the Japanese roadmap to realize flying cars was released.

Slides

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Dec. 15-17, 2018: Stakeholder interviews in Hokkaido to assess the feasibility of the Flying Car Lab’s proposal* to be made to JAXA in Feb 2019

*”JAXA Aeronautical Technology Innovation Challenge 2018 Powered by DBJ

Professor Masaru Nakano, Keio Flying Car Research Lab
Theme: Proposal of a Service Plan for Sustainable Revitalization of the Local Economy Using Flying Cars

Dec. 8, 2018: Tsubasa NAKAMURA (Researcher, Flying Car Lab / Co Representative, CARTIVATOR) served as a panelist at TRAN/SUM*.

Panel discussion “Flying Cars: Competition Putting on Prestige of the Country or Future Utopia?”

*TRAN/SUM is a global start-up event run by Nikkei, with a themes on Tramotech combining Transportation and Mobility Technology.

Dec. 2, 2018: Stakeholder interview at Hotel Nirakani Iriomotejima (Okinawa, Japan)

We discussed on-island/inter-island usecases of flying cars.

Dec. 1, 2018: Stakeholder interview at Urasoe General Hospital (Okinawa, Japan)

We discussed emergency medical service-usecases of flying cars.

 

Nov. 29, 2018: Flying Car Lab co-organized Flying Car Symposium (Japan International Aerospace Exhibition 2018 Tokyo).

Flying Car Lab and the Electrification Challenge for Aircraft (ECLAIR) Consortium co-organized Flying Car Symposium at TFT Hall 1000, Tokyo, Japan, which welcomed as many as 500 participants.

In this symposium, Japan International Aerospace Exhibition included the topic of flying cars for the first time. Dr. Hisashi Matsumoto’s speech also attracted attention, focused on advantages and challenges of physician on-boarding air ambulances from the perspective of a pioneer, with emergency medical services being considered as a possible application of flying cars.

Research topics of Flying Car Lab includes automatic traffic management system enabling high density flight in the future, market needs survey in and outside Japan, feasibility study of the aircraft. We are actively collaborating with the industry, government and academia, and welcome students with specialties in science, technology and economics.

Flying Car Lab has researched with a particular emphasis on business aspect of flying cars, and from April 2019, will focus more on technical feasibility study. We welcome new students (incl. working students) with particular majors such as technology, math, physics and economics (As of Dec. 2018-Jan. 2019). 

*Electrification Challenge for Aircraft (ECLAIR) Consortium:
Lead by Next-Generation Astronautical Innovation Hub Center, JAXA Astronautical Technology Directorate, ÉCLAIR Consortium is dedicated to development of electrical airplanes, and enhancing the Japanese aviation industry.

 

Nov. 24, 2018: Tour to CARTIVATOR’s development base

Flying Car Lab members visited CARTIVATOR’s development base in Toyota city, Aichi. We were briefed about their aircraft “SkyDrive SD-01” currently under development and testing, as well as aircraft technologies, and the development progress.

Oct. 26, 2018: Tsubasa NAKAMURA (Researcher, Flying Car Lab / Co Representative, CARTIVATOR) presented at the Society of Scientific Systems the overview of the Flying Car Lab’s research.

Slides (Japanese only)

Report (Japanese only)

 

Oct. 12, 2018: Kozo UNNO (2nd year master’s, part-time student; Flyign Car Lab member) moderated a session titled “Local Revitalization Using Flying Cars” at No Maps Business Conference 2018.

Oct, 2018: Flying Car Lab’s research proposal was selected in “JAXA Aeronautical Technology Innovation Challenge 2018 Powered by DBJ

Professor Masaru Nakano, Keio Flying Car Research Lab
Theme: Proposal of a Service Plan for Sustainable Revitalization of the Local Economy Using Flying Cars

We will be funded by JAXA, and conduct feasibility studies by around February 2019.

 

Oct. 2, 2018: Prof. Nakano presented at Public-Private Conference for Future Air Mobility his proposal to roadmapping of flying cars.

Slides

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Oct. 1, 2018: Tsubasa NAKAMURA (Researcher, Flying Car Lab / Co Representative, CARTIVATOR) was Featured in The Nikkei

“Tsubasa NAKAMUA, Co Representative, CARTIVATOR, who developed a flying Car Named “Sky Drive” – Fly a Flying Car at the Tokyo Olympics”
Oct. 1, 2018, Morning edition, The Nikkei

He talked about his devotion up until now – establishing a voluntary group, CARTIVATOR in 2012, holding two posts at a automobile company and Keio University, and having made his decision in April 2018 to focus on his research as a researcher at Flying Car Lab.

See the article (Japanese only)

 

August 2018 -: A government-led group called “Public-Private Conference for Future Air Mobility” has been established. Prof. Nakano has been assigned as a delegate

Prof. Nakano, as a delegate, attends formal and inormal meetings of the conference and give comments and suggestions to flying car-roadmapping from an expert’s point of view.

 

Jul. 1, 2018 – Electrification Challenge for Aircraft (ECLAIR) Consortium was established; Flying Car Lab joined the Consortium as a member.

We have discussions and exchange relevant information with the consortium, aiming to apply electrification technology to the society.

 

Jun. 28, 2018: Prof. NAKANO’s Article was Featured in the Harvard Business Review

“Flying cars are likely to put into practical use soon; Creation of new businesses by various industries are also expected”
June 20, 2018  Harvard Business Review

See the article (Japanese only)

 

June 20-22, 2018: CESUN2018 poster session

Poster

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May 13, 2018: SDM 10th Anniversary session

Poster on Collaborative Research with Toyota Co.

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May 10, 2018: Stakeholder interviews at Emergency and Critical Care Center, Nippon Medical School Chiba Hokusoh Hospital

We discussed emergency medical service-usecases of flying cars.

 

Mar. 27, 2018: Flying Car Lab co-organized “Air Mobility Symposium – Co-Exsictence of Drones and Flying Cars” at Keio Mita Campus.

Symposium poster

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Contact

Contact

Graduate School of System Design and Management, Keio University

Collaboration Complex, 4-1-1 Hiyoshi, Kohoku-ku,  Yokohama, Kanagawa 223-8526 Japan