Urban air mobility is the aim of four companies that have banded together to push along the latest frontier in transportation. Hyundai Motor Company, Incheon International Airport Group, Hyundai Engineering & Construction Company, and KT Corporation, are now working closely to speed along Hyundai’s flying car development and testing. They want test flights to begin as soon as possible.
The goal is for Hyundai to build these aerial vehicles and also to commercialize urban air mobility before 2028. Hyundai’s first flying car concept was shown at the 2020 CES show this year. That concept featured Hyundai’s eVTOL technology which stands for “Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing.” Hyundai feels this is what is necessary to function in a dense urban environment.
Even the Korean government is getting into the urban air mobility act
Now, even the Korean government is getting into the act. It recently announced the Korean UAM Roadmap. Part of this is the UAM Grand Challenge. This is a combined study delineating both the construction and operation of vertiports.
How this looks like it will be structured is for Hyundai to develop the commercial urban air business plan. IIAC will define the infrastructure and conduct a feasibility study for utilizing these vehicles as airport taxis or shuttles. Hyundai Construction will build the vertiports and transit hubs connecting it all to the current public transportation infrastructure. Finally, KT Corporation will establish the communications infrastructure. It will also define and establish a business case for all of this combined as a mobility service.
“The breadth and depth of this partnership show what it will take to build a comprehensive UAM ecosystem to serve megacities like Seoul,” said Hyundai Motor Urban Air Mobility division boss Jaiwon Shin to CarScoops.
“Building a robust infrastructure and business model is just as important as developing vehicles”
“Building a robust infrastructure and business model is just as important as developing innovative UAM vehicles. This partnership demonstrates Hyundai’s commitment to facilitating progress for humanity by ushering in a new era of urban air mobility that will revolutionize transportation.”
Currently, Los Angeles is looking at flying urban transporters. They are needed to address the transportation needs of the LA 2024 Summer Olympics. As dense an urban area as LA is, gridlock is a daily occurrence. Flying taxis are the only way the city thinks it can function and still transport Olympic participants and spectators from one event to the next.
Based on LA’s needs and what Korea is planning it looks like flying vehicles that can seat six or eight passengers should be common by the end of this decade. New Hampshire just recently added laws to its books that allow for flying cars to operate within the state. It is the first state to approve of flying cars.
So right now a number of cities are poised to jump into air mobility. And several companies are developing vehicles to function within the mobility realm. The future is almost here.