Toyota backs adorably tiny flying car that could light the Olympic flame

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Toyota is getting in on the flying car craze—but with an Olympic twist.

The Japanese automaker backed a project called Cartivator, which wants to build a tiny flying car to light the Olympic flame for the 2020 Summer Games.

Cartivator is made up of over 30 volunteers, all donating their time to build the Skydrive car, which they hope to prep for a manned flight by the end of 2018.

Toyota’s financial contribution to Cartivator is relatively small if you’re Toyota: around 40 million yen (a tad over $350,000). But for Cartivator, which has relied on donations and online crowdfunding, it’s a huge help towards financing the prototype which they’re claiming will be the smallest flying car developed yet. Read more…

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