Japan tests flying taxis during Expo

Japan tests flying taxis during Expo

An air taxi service set to be featured at the 2025 Osaka Expo was tested in a park in the city on Tuesday, the prefectural government says it is the first time in the country one of the craft has been piloted from the cockpit.

Japan plans to have the flying cars among the expo's main attractions, with the vehicles expected to provide access to the event venue planned to be set up on an artificial island in Osaka Bay.

The test in Osaka Castle Park focused on services provided by trading firm Marubeni, one of five companies selected to operate the flying taxis. It used a U.S.-made single seater craft different from the vehicles expected to be deployed for the 184 day event in 2025.

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