July 25, 2021

Hyundai to build world's first mini-airport for flying taxis

Hyundai to build world's first mini-airport for flying taxis

Hyundai will jointly open the first dedicated complex for flying taxis and drones with Coventry, UK.

According to the project, the station will be built beforethe end of this year near the current A444 highway. The complex will receive a 40-meter retractable landing platform, therefore, if necessary, it will also be able to receive helicopters. Separate modular segments with cafes, waiting rooms, passenger service counters, hangar and charging station.

Together with the complex, an underground passage will be built, connecting it with the traffic and pedestrian traffic on the other side of the highway, a parking lot and stands for those wishing to watch the takeoff and landing of equipment.

Since today this type of transport is notis used, then in the coming years, most of the time the infrastructure will be idle, occasionally used for public demonstrations of new models of cargo drones. Hyundai expects commercial flying taxi services to become mainstream by 2028, with the first passenger flights only starting in 3-4 years.

It is not yet clear what engineers should dolifting platform, than this option is more profitable than a conventional concrete platform and why such a rush with construction. Another issue is the team's desire to centralize the infrastructure of a free air taxi, turning it into an analogue of existing public transport with characteristic inconveniences.

Hyundai to build world's first mini-airport for flying taxis

However, for this project, the governmentThe UK has allocated 1.2 million pounds ($ 1.64 million). In the future, Hyundai's Urban Air Port division plans to create a whole network of such transport hubs, not only on the ground, but also on floating platforms and the roofs of skyscrapers.

Companies such as Boeing, Porsche, Audi, Uber are actively developing efficient and comfortable flying taxis, claiming that in the near future they will become commonplace.