The future is already here. The company Urban Air Port has chosen Coventry, UK, to build the world’s first drone airport: Air-One. To carry out its project, it has received £1.2 million from the Research and Innovation’s Future Flight Challenge fund, a programme financed through the British Government’s Strategic Industrial Challenge, with £125 million of public money and a further £175 million expected from private industry. The project, beyond being one of the first steps towards the air mobility of the future, is interesting because it represents an example of modular architecture.
To build Air-One, Urban Air Port is partnering with Hyundai, which is currently developing a passenger-carrying drone, and Coventry City Council and Coventry University. “As we move forward with our electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft programme,” says Pamela Cohn, Chief Operating Officer of Hyundai Motor Group’s Urban Air Mobility Division, “the development of a supporting infrastructure is imperative; She adds, “Air-One is a unique project that will help lead the development of a robust, accessible and intermodal infrastructure network for the mobility of the future” and create “community opportunities through safe, affordable and human-centred mobility solutions”.