Toyota unit funds Japanese startup for ‘flying minitruck’ drone

Science and TechnologyToyota unit funds Japanese startup for 'flying minitruck' drone

NAGOYA, Japan — Toyota Motor-affiliated supplier Jtekt has funded a venture developing a drone for airlifting cargo to hard-to-reach areas and disaster sites.

Prodrone, based in Nagoya, is working on a “flying minitruck” slated to carry 50 kilograms for 50 kilometers. The size of Jtekt’s capital infusion was not disclosed.

The duo will develop aircraft equipped with Jtekt lithium-ion capacitors — miniature power storage devices offering fast recharging and discharging as well as a long service life.

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