Flying taxis and skyports could become a reality over the next 20 years, according to Shin Jaiwon, Hyundai Motor Group‘s executive vice president and head of the newly established Urban Air Mobility division.
“Urban air mobility vehicles, such as vertical take-off and landing craft, [will] provide safe, quiet and affordable transportation in the open skies above cities, allowing point-to-point travel that will reduce travel time by two-to-three times by skipping ground congestion,” he said.”This will allow travellers to fly when they want to, unlike today where travellers have to adjust their lifestyles according to airline schedules,” he added.
“This mirrors the level of interest [in] the early days of aviation 100 years ago,” he said.
This would free up facilities and land currently being used for ground transportation and parking facilities to be used for parks, museums and performing centers, he said.
However, Shin conceded that some serious challenges still remained before there could be a large-scale deployment of urban air vehicles.
“Technical challenges such as autonomous flight, affordability and noise remain factors, as well as policy and regulations such as safety standards and certification methods,” he said.
Source: Metal Bulletin
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