Skyports and Volocopter have joined forces to build the first mobile air taxi Voloport.
The companies unveiled plans for the Volo-Port at the Greentech Festival in Berlin which showed physical landing pads for the eVTOL.
Construction of the first Volo-Port will be completed later this year as the partners confirmed they plan to build it in Singapore for the scheduled public flight trials in the second half of 2019.
A full-scale Volocopter vehicle was on display at the Greentech festival.
The Volo-Port prototype is expected to enable real-life testing of the full customer journey to perfect the passenger experience, showcase planned customer services and allow practical testing of ground operations and services.
Skyports went on to describe how it will provide the opportunity for authorities and industry regulators to interact with the infrastructure and provide feedback before they are asked to approve the final design.
Alex Zosel, co-founder of Volocopter, commented: “Receiving the commercial license for air taxi aircraft is a question of time not possibility. We are thus focusing on shaping the necessary ecosystem around UAM including air traffic management, city regulation and the take-off and landing infrastructure.
“It takes visionary partners like Skyports and Brandlabs willing to make investments to actively shape the future of urban air mobility.”
Duncan Walker, managing director at Skyports, added: “Each individual Volo-Port is designed so that it can stand alone or connect to other ports in numerous formations, enabling rapid deployment and scalability.
“We have analysed the available spaces and movement dynamics in city centres across the world and recognize that infrastructure is a key enabler for the emerging UAM market. We are delighted to be building the world’s first operational Volo-Port in partnership with Volocopter,” he concluded.
Yesterday, CDP reported on how Skyports is playing a vital role in medical drone supply work.
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