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GeoWorks' German GeoTech Volocopter to launch flying taxis in Singapore in next 3 years
Expect autonomous air taxis flying soon in Singapore, helmed by GeoWorks' German GeoTech, Volocopter GmbH! German aviation start-up Volocopter on Wednesday (Dec 9) announced its commitment to launch air taxi services in Singapore, following two years of "close collaboration" with the city.
“Singapore is renowned for its leading role in adapting and living new technologies. Our successful cooperation with EDB, MOT, and CAAS on our previous flight has shown that there is no better place in Asia to launch our electric air taxi services than in Singapore,” says Florian Reuter, CEO of Volocopter. “The city’s research institutes conducting R&D play an integral part in this. Topics like route validation for autonomous operations, material science, and research regarding battery technology are very important for our long-term business success.”
“Urban Air Mobility is an emerging area within the broader mobility sector, which we have identified as a growth industry for Singapore,” said Mr. Tan Kong Hwee, Executive Vice President, EDB. “Singapore is an important regional testbed for autonomous cars, electric vehicles, and Urban Air Mobility, including the successful test flight by Volocopter in 2019. We are glad that Volocopter has chosen Singapore to anchor its commercial and R&D activities. This will help build new capabilities for our mobility ecosystem and create many exciting opportunities for Singapore.”
The partnership will also look into a feasibility study with Grab to offer airborne rides. The two will look into the most suitable cities and routes to deploy air taxis, evaluate the best-use cases and explore the possibility of joint flight tests.
Read the full article on Straits Times here.
Volocopter, the pioneer in Urban Air Mobility (UAM), is cooperating with Lufthansa Industry Solutions, building Volocopter’s proprietary intelligent and integrated “Urban Air Mobility Software Platform” that will run on Microsoft Azure: VoloIQ. It offers complete digital visibility of the complex UAM ecosystem in real-time. VoloIQ is the digital backbone for enabling the whole Volocopter Urban Air Mobility Services ecosystem and serves as the brain for our air taxi services.