A rendered image of the mass-produced model of the "flying motorbike" developed by A.L.I. Technologies Photo: A.L.I. Technologies

'Flying motorbike' to debut at Tokyo Motor Show

By Kaoru Kubono

A.L.I. Technologies Inc has developed a motorbike-like floating vehicle. The company plans to exhibit a prototype of the vehicle, "Speeder," in its booth at the 46th Tokyo Motor Show 2019, which will take place in October.

For weight reduction, CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic) is used to form the body of the vehicle. A.L.I. Technologies manufactures the airframe in house and will deliver a limited edition in the second half of 2020 and mass-produced model in the second half of 2021 at the earliest.

The Speeder is defined as a VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) vehicle that travels several tens of centimeters above the ground. It is equipped with two engines in the front and rear parts, and each of them rotates a propeller to generate a propelling force downward. To move forward and make a turn, two small propellers on the right and left sides are used. The vehicle seems to be approximately 2m in length and 1.5m in width.

Though A.L.I. Technologies has not yet disclosed the output of the engine or the control method used for the vehicle, the vehicle floats up and travels when an accelerator and brake located on the handle are operated like a motorbike.

"Its riding capacity changes depending on body weight," the company said.

The Speeder is expected to be used for lifesaving at the time of disaster, in deserts and swamps and on the sea. A.L.I. Technologies plans to take advantage of the floating function of the vehicle in situations where wheeled vehicles cannot travel.

A.L.I. Technologies is a venture firm that develops drones equipped with AI (artificial intelligence). It applied the airframe control technologies developed for its drones to the flying motorbike.

"It was difficult to pursue a good design while improving safety and ride comfort and realizing smooth control of the airframe," the company said.

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Rather like a hovercraft then.

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It is a hovercraft.


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Judge Dredd was a great movie. Can’t wait to ride the bike.

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That video was a little bit underwhelming. Obviously this one is less sophisticated and much more dangerous, but it was actually built at home by some guy from the UK 3 years ago. So I would have expected more.


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Wanna have! Now!!

But probably not designed for "road use" yet.

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ConfusiusToday 01:43 pm JST

That video was a little bit underwhelming. 

Were you expecting it to fly like a helicopter?

It says in the article everything about it, its purpose and method of propulsion. There's not much to get excited about if you compare it to a drone, but then that would be like comparing an apple to a pair of rubber rain boots.

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"Its riding capacity changes depending on body weight," the company said.

(inserts "you don't say" meme)

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a vehicle that travels several tens of centimeters above the ground.

Hope the tech is better than their marketing piffle.

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So another gadget that the public has no access to. Not interested then.

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Looks like a winner . . . .


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So they re-invented the hovercraft. How innovative.

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I do not need one I have a better one

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The last thing I want is a bunch of "Bikers" hanging around outside my Bedroom window.

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Meet George Jetson.

'Where we're going we don't need roads'.


'Skyspeeders' in STAR WARS comic books.

Wheeeeeeeeeeeee! Gimme one!

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