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J. Scott Drennan joins Hyundai urban air mobility team

Hyundai Motor Group has confirmed the appointment of J. Scott Drennan as vice president of its urban air mobility (UAM) division.

Hyundai S-A1 air taxi
In his new role at Hyundai, J. Scott Drennan will help advance urban air mobility concepts including the S-A1 air taxi, revealed earlier this year at CES. Hyundai Photo

Drennan comes to Hyundai from Bell, where he spent more than 25 years contributing to VTOL programs including the V-22, AW609, and V-280 tiltrotors. Most recently, as Bell’s vice president of innovation, he was the public face of the company’s aggressive push into the eVTOL and UAM space.

In his new role, Drennan will lead UAM research and development and report to executive vice president (EVP) and division head Jaiwon Shin, who came to Hyundai from NASA.

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J. Scott Drennan, now VP of Hyundai’s urban air mobility division. Hyundai Photo

“We are fortunate to have Scott join our UAM Division,” Shin stated in a press release. “I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with Scott closely in the past and found him not only superb in his technical knowledge and experience but also excellent in leading people. Leveraging his vast experience in the VTOL and UAM fields, Drennan will lead the engineering development to turn our vision of urban air mobility into a reality, transforming our life styles for many decades to come.”

“I am honored to contribute to Hyundai’s vision of future mobility,” said Drennan. “Since my childhood, I have dreamed of teaming with fellow engineers and designers to develop technological marvels. EVP Shin and the Hyundai Motor Group have given me the opportunity and great responsibility to do just that.”

Hyundai revealed its S-A1 eVTOL air taxi concept at CES 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada, in January. At the same time, it announced a partnership with Uber Elevate, making it the first automotive manufacturer to sign on to Uber’s urban air mobility vision.

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