Toyota has pledged 42.5 million yen (around $375,000) over the next three years to support the development of a flying car designed to light the Olympic Flame at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
One of the founding principles of Toyota is “Monozukuri wa Hitozukuri,” which translates to “Developing people through craft of making things,” according to the press release. Belief in that principle led to the support of the project. With these funds, the team can now speed up their engineering and development processes.
“This activity is an effort to make a dream vehicle – a flying car that gives dreams which connects to the next generation, with members spending time working outside office hours,” the project’s technical leader Tsubasa Nakamura said in the statement. “Development continues daily to realize the lighting of the Olympic flame to give dreams and aspiration to people all over the world.”
The project launched in 2012 and is run by Cartivator, a volunteer team of engineers and start-up professionals, the statement added.
The company wants the first models to be released in 2025, with mass productions for developing countries by 2040. By 2050, their stated goal is to “realize the world where anyone can fly in the sky anytime.”
After two-time Olympic high jumper Jamie Nieto suffered a spinal cord injury while attempting a standing back flip in April 2016, he decided to set a goal for himself. Nietro was determined to walk down the aisle at his own wedding.
On Saturday, July 22, 2017, Nieto walked to the altar in front of everyone gathered at Christ Temple Apostolic Church in east San Diego – something his doctors said might not be possible.
Nieto, with some assistance, entered the church where he then married his bride, Jamaican hurdler Shevon Stoddart, exactly how he set out to – on his feet.
Five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings dislocated her shoulder during the semifinals of a beach volleyball tournament in Poland and forfeited the bronze medal match.
Walsh Jennings and new partner Nicole Branagh were tied in the third set of their match against Canada on Saturday when Walsh Jennings dove for the ball with her right arm and twisted her hand in the sand. After a four-minute delay, Canada went on to win the third set 16-14 and advance to the gold medal match.
“I just went for a short dig and the surface in Europe is so shallow and so hard and there’s no give for our bodies,” Walsh Jennings explained after the match in an interview with her shoulder wrapped in ice.
Walsh Jennings had surgery on the same shoulder during the run-up to the 2016 Rio Olympics, where she and April Ross won the bronze medal. Walsh Jennings won three gold medals with Misty May Treanor.
Walsh Jennings said she is looking forward to returning to the FIVB World Tour in Vienna in one week.