Hyundai and Urban-Air Port unveiled futuristic airport for flying cars in England
Hyundai Motor and UK-based tech startup Urban-Air Port just unveiled the world’s first eVTOL hub. Last week, Urban-Air Port has partnered with car giant Hyundai Motor to develop the infrastructure required for when flying cars take to the skies to ferry people and goods.
Urban-Air Port was recently selected as a winner of the UK government’s future flight challenge to develop aviation infrastructure and systems that enable the next generation of electric and autonomous air vehicles. Dubbed air-one, the project will be a fully-operational, zero-emission hub for air cars like cargo drones and air taxis.
According to the announcement on the startup’s website, the new project will develop a zero-emission infrastructure that will host the next generation of electric and autonomous air vehicles.
“Cars need roads. Trains need rails. Planes need airports. electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOL) will need Urban Air Ports. Over a hundred years ago, the world’s first commercial flight took off, creating the modern connected world. Urban Air Port will improve connectivity across our cities, boost productivity and help the UK to take the lead in a whole new clean global economy,” said Ricky Sandhu, founder and chief executive officer of Urban Air Port.
“Flying cars used to be a futuristic flight of fancy. Air-One will bring clean urban air transport to the masses and unleash a new airborne world of zero-emission mobility.
From November of this year, visitors to Coventry will be able to see what a flying car airport looks like and see a passenger-carrying drone and an operational electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicle on the landing pad.
“With UK government backing and Hyundai Motor Group’s backing we’ll be realizing the first fully operational airport in the world,” Urban Air-Port founder and executive chairman Ricky Sandhu told Reuters on Friday. While there has been progress on developing flying cars, Sandhu said the infrastructure was the missing piece.
“You can’t get off the train or get on the train unless you get to the train station so that supporting ground infrastructure is absolutely key,” he said.
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