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PERSOL R&D and SkyDrive sign a supporter agreement (News Release)

May 31, 2021
SkyDrive Inc.

PERSOL R&D and SkyDrive sign a supporter agreement

- Realizing an air mobility society through collaboration among aircraft development specialists -

PERSOL RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT Co., Ltd. (headquarters: Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture; President and Representative Director: Eiji Isoda), a company engaged in the technical engineering business in the PERSOL Group, which provides comprehensive human resource services, and SkyDrive Inc. (headquarters: Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo; President: Tomohiro Fukuzawa), developers of flying cars and cargo drones1, announce that they have signed a supporter agreement2 regarding the flying car business, aiming to start in fiscal 2023.


■Background and history
Having a wealth of experience in the design and development of electrics and electronics, control software, and experiment and certification services in areas including automobiles, aerospace-related devices, digital home appliances, and robots, PERSOL R&D is a participant in SkyDrive's Cargo Drone Development Project, providing from its initial stages support for developmental testing and rapid development to deliver new logistical methods to society. Currently, they are proceeding with the acquisition of JIS Q 9100 certification3 to allow customers to use logistical drones with greater peace of mind.

In April 2021, PERSOL R&D and SkyDrive signed a supporter agreement in anticipation of engaging in the flying car business, scheduled for 2023, with PERSOL R&D loaning aircraft development specialists to SkyDrive for collaboration between engineers. This will allow specialists with backgrounds in aircraft development from both companies to discuss and share their knowledge, further accelerating the optimization of aircraft specifications for flying cars. By doing so, the company aims to realize an air mobility society where everyone can fly.

■A comment by a specialist loaned from PERSOL R&D Co., Ltd.
Since April 2021, I have been in charge of technical sales at SkyDrive for business related to flying cars. I originally worked at an aircraft manufacturer, engaged in 3C [Customer, Competitor, Company] information gathering and analysis, so I was able to make the most of that experience to support the launch of SkyDrive's air mobility business. Utilizing my technical knowledge of aircraft development, I will work with SkyDrive to investigate aircraft specifications that balance cost and performance, and to contribute to acquiring orders.

■A comment by PERSOL R&D Co., Ltd. President and Representative Director, Eiji Isoda
I consider it a great honor for our engineers to participate in the ambitious project of realizing flying cars. Through our accumulated technical knowledge related to aircraft development, mechanical design, electrical and electronic systems, and control of automobiles, we look forward to contributing to the success of this project and the realization of an air mobility society in which everyone can fly.

■A comment by SkyDrive Inc. CEO Tomohiro Fukuzawa
We are very grateful to PERSOL R&D, a gathering of aerospace and automobile engineering specialists, for their support in realizing an air mobility society. Engineers from PERSOL R&D have already greatly contributed to the development of our cargo drones. It is highly encouraging for our employees to be able to work with them on business development for our flying car project. I look forward to seeing what new ideas will result from collaboration between the aircraft development specialists at both our companies.

1 Flying cars: Specifically, this refers to electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicles, primarily characterized by their electrification, fully autonomous autopiloting, and vertical takeoff and landing. The development of flying cars is progressing across the world as a new trend in the mobility field. Since 2018, Japan has hosted the Public–Private Conference for Future Air Mobility, which is expected to lead to urban taxi services, new means of transportation in remote islands and mountainous areas, and emergency transportation in the event of a disaster. With an eye toward the future, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism have established a roadmap for the start of business in fiscal 2023 and full-scale dissemination in fiscal 2030.

2 Supporter agreement: Supporter agreements are part of a SkyDrive program for creating an air-industry revolution through support in the form of parts discounts and provision of labor. For inquiries regarding supporter agreements, contact info@skydrive.co.jp (as of late May 2021).

3 JIS Q 9100: An international standard for quality management systems designed for the aerospace and defense industries.

■About PERSOL RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT Co., Ltd. <https://www.persol-rd.co.jp/en/>
PERSOL RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT Co., Ltd. supports companies in design and development through technical consulting, general and partial contracts, and the dispatch of engineers in the fields of automobile, aerospace, robot, digital consumer electronics, and so on.

And it will continue to offer a "one-stop service" from design and research and development to testing, by using mechanical, electric, electronic and control software design, testing and certification services, and model base development (MBD) technologies.

■About SkyDrive Inc. <https://en.skydrive2020.com/>
A company led by engineers from the aircraft, drone, and automotive industries to develop flying cars and cargo drones to put urban air mobility into practical use and contribute to the future of an urban air mobility society. SkyDrive's urban air mobility solutions achieved the first-ever demo flight in the summer of 2020, in Japan, and the aim is for it to be available for sale in Japan by 2023. The company started to sell a cargo drone in May 2020, in Japan.

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