World’s first urban airport for drones and flying taxis to start operations by November | Britain
Hyundai to open first dedicated complex for flying taxis and drones in partnership with Coventry, UK.
According to the project, the station will be built by the end of this year along the existing A444 highway. The complex will receive a 40-meter retractable landing platform, so, if necessary, it will also be able to receive helicopters. Separate modular segments with cafes, waiting rooms, passenger service counters, hangar and charging station will be located around the central platform under the conical roof..
Together with the complex, an underground passage will be built, connecting it with car 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 this type of transport is not used today, in the coming years, the infrastructure will be idle most of the time, occasionally being used for public demonstrations of new models of cargo drones. Hyundai expects commercial flying taxi services to become mainstream by 2028, with first passenger flights to begin in only 3-4 years..
It is not yet clear why the engineers made the lifting platform, why this option is more profitable than an ordinary 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 existing public transport with typical inconveniences.
However, the UK government has allocated 1.2 million pounds ($ 1.64 million) for this project. In the future, the Hyundai Urban Air Port division plans to create a whole network of such transport hubs, not only on the ground, but also on floating platforms, the roofs of skyscrapers..
Companies such as Boeing, Porsche, Audi, Uber is actively developing efficient and comfortable flying taxis, claiming that they will become commonplace in the near future..
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: Hyundai