Skyportz CEO Clem Newton-Brown today has announced his firm has entered into a partnership with Parking Australia, the Association which represents the owners of commercial car parks around the country.
The Skyportz CEO said said that under the partnership, Skyportz will be readying members’ sites for future use in urban aerial mobility services, otherwise known as flying taxis as well as delivery drone services.
Earlier this year Uber Air announced it had chosen Melbourne as its first international test city outside of the United States.
Skyportz met with Uber Air executives last year to support the Victorian Government bid and committed to independently developing Skyportz sites with the local property industry.
Commenting, Newton-Brown said: “Space is at a premium in our cities and this partnership will enable Skyportz to develop a comprehensive network of sites across Australia in preparation for the aerial mobility revolution which is almost here.”
Adding: “The prototype aircraft are already flying and there are some of the biggest aviation companies in the world involved, including Airbus, Bell and Boeing. The early test flights will happen from existing helipads and airports but for a true on demand service to develop we are going to need a whole lot of Skyportz.”
The partnership has been struck with the CEO of the Parking Australia, Stuart Norman.
Norman said: “Urban mobility is rapidly changing and we see the need for our members to consider future uses for assets which are primarily used for car parking today. With the future changing modes of mobility the commercial car parking industry is well placed to provide the infrastructure needs of new mobility, including autonomous vehicles, electric charging and electric Vertical Take Off and Landing aircraft landing pads.
“This agreement with Skyportz will give our members the opportunity to be an integral part of this new transportation revolution and to lead the world,” he concluded.”
The Parking Association represents the major car parking operators who manage the bulk of the car parking sites across the country.