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Public-Private Conference for Future Air Mobility to be Established

Joint development of a roadmap to realize "flying vehicles"

August 24, 2018

Joint Press Release with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) have jointly established the Public-Private Conference for Future Air Mobility bringing together stakeholders in the public and private sectors to realize “flying vehicles” in Japan. The first meeting of the conference will be held on August 29, 2018.

1. Background and purpose

A variety of worldwide players ranging from venture businesses to large companies have been embarking on projects for developing flying vehicles for transportation of people and have been advancing research and development as well as demonstration projects therefor.

Looking at Japan, stakeholders in a variety of fields, such as associations in the automobile and aircraft industries, venture businesses involving drones and other advanced technologies, and investment funds, have been designing a variety of concepts on the expected uses of flying vehicles, including: relieving traffic congestion in commuting to offices and schools in cities, as a new means of mobility for people living on islands and in mountains, and for carrying patients for emergency first aid and quickly transporting goods in case of disasters. Stakeholders have also been embarking on research and development for such advanced technology vehicles.

Japan considers it important to specify these concepts and develop them into new domestic services. To this end, it is significant for the public sector to: take into consideration the future concepts and perspectives of technology development in the private sector as a base; timely and appropriately support the private sector in advancing industry efforts; and consistently advance development of rules that society will accept. The conference will strive to reflect these efforts in a roadmap and facilitate efforts for realizing flying vehicles by harmonizing views of the public and private sectors.

An example of Japanese companies’ efforts for flying vehicles in which designing of concepts and research and development have been advancing

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2. Outline of the meeting

Date and time: August 29 (Wed.), 2018; from 16:00 to 18:00

Venue: Hall B, fourth floor of Toranomon Hills

Members of the conference: See the Appendix attached to the Japanese language news release.PDF

Agendas:

(1) Establishment of the Public-Private Conference for Future Air Mobility

(2) Presentations on future perspectives of air transportation (in the order of making presentations)

[ⅰ] Drone Fund, [ⅱ] CARTIVATOR, [ⅲ] NEC Corporation, [ⅳ] Prodrone Co., Ltd., [ⅴ] teTra aviation Corp., [ⅵ] Temma Corporation, and [ⅶ] Uber Technologies Inc.

Materials: Materials of the meeting will be publicized on the following website by 16:00, August 29 (Wed.), 2018.

3. Examples of Japanese companies’ efforts for flying vehicles in which designing of concepts and research and development have been advancing

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Division in Charge

Policy Planning and Coordination Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau