Hyundai passenger drones are slated to be commercialized by 2028 – but they need urban infrastructure to be operational. This infrastructure is currently under development in the UK. Urban airport® Air-One® was selected to “Develop Aviation Infrastructures and Systems Enabling Next Generation Electric and Autonomous Aircraft” as part of the UK Future Flight Challenge and received a grant of £ 1.2 million. Urban Air Port is also supported by the Urban Air Moiblity Division of the Hyundai Motor Group, which Urban Air Port has selected as its infrastructure partner for Hyundai passenger drones.
Air-One® is known as the “smallest airport in the world” and is “the world’s first fully functional hub for future electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOL) such as cargo drones and air taxis,” says a press release.
An urban airport is 60% smaller than a traditional helipad, which the company says is the most comparable existing infrastructure. “Thanks to the innovative design, the locations can be installed in a few days, do not cause any CO2 emissions and can be operated completely independently of the grid, so that they are not always dependent on a suitable grid connection.”
This approach is not only about urban air mobility, but also about multimodal transportation that should contribute to clean transportation. “Urban Air Port® offers an integrated approach to decarbonizing cities. It was developed to support all eVTOL aircraft and complements other modes of transport as a hub for electric vehicles, buses or scooters, ”says the press release. Urban Air Ports® are designed to be easy to set up and transport. This means that they can be used for disaster relief. “Urban Air Ports® can quickly deploy drones and other eVTOLs to collect and transport emergency supplies, equipment and people as needed.”
Urban Air Port® is developing a fully autonomous, innovative, emission-free infrastructure for future air mobility. The ambitious Air-One® project will bring industry, government and the public together to demonstrate how the potential of sustainable urban air mobility can be harnessed to reduce congestion, lessen air pollution and holistically decarbonize transportation while providing seamless passenger journeys and deliveries are made possible.
From the futuristic flight of the imagination to clean urban air traffic
“Cars need roads. Trains need rails. Airplanes need airports. eVTOLs need urban airports. The world’s first commercial flight took off over a hundred years ago and created the modern networked world. Urban Air Port® will improve connectivity in our cities, increase productivity and help the UK take the lead in a whole new, cleaner world economy.
“Flying cars used to be a futuristic flight of the imagination. Air-One® will enable clean urban air travel for the masses and open a new world of zero-emission mobility in the air, ”said Ricky Sandhu, founder and executive chairman of Urban Air Port®.
“As we advance our eVTOL aircraft program, the development of a supporting infrastructure is imperative,” said Pamela Cohn, chief operating officer, Urban Air Mobility Division of Hyundai Motor Group. “Air-One® is a unique project that aims to pioneer the development of a robust, accessible and intermodal infrastructure network for future mobility. We are excited to be part of this UK partnership and look forward to working together to create community impact and opportunity through safe, affordable and people-centric mobility solutions. “
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