The airport of the future? Air One in Coventry is designed for flying cars and drones and will be carbon-neutral

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So what will the airport of the future look like? You might need to take a look at Coventry. The world’s first mobile zero-emissions airport for flying cars and autonomous delivery drones is set to launch there later this year.

The airport, which is called Air-One, has been designed to allow air taxis and electric drones to land and recharge. The  owners say that this will help to reduce congestion, cut air pollution, and contribute to a zero-carbon future.

The zero-emission airport, designed by Urban Air Port, can be installed in a matter of days and has been backed by Hyundai Motor Group which plans to have commercialised its own flying vehicles by 2028.

Coventry City Council and the UK Government are also supporting the world first, which will be located next to the city’s Ricoh Arena.

Air-One has been developed for the forthcoming ‘urban air mobility’ revolution which is estimated to be worth almost £1 trillion over the next 20 years as companies and authorities invest in Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft and the infrastructure it requires.

It can be operated off-grid and can also be integrated with electric vehicles and sustainable public transport.

Says Pamela Cohn, chief operating officer for the Urban Air Mobility Division of Hyundai Motor Group:

“As we advance our eVTOL aircraft programme, the development of supporting infrastructure is imperative.

“Air-One is a unique project that is set to help lead the way in developing a robust, accessible and intermodal infrastructure network for future mobility.

Story originally posted on TechDigest


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