An urban air mobility (UAM) study is underway in South Korea, which will identify a list of potential commercial routes, operational capabilities, and business models needed to make eVTOL operations a reality in the country.
Carried out by German eVTOL developer Volocopter and South Korea’s largest mobility platform company Kakao Mobility, the companies hope the study will lay the groundwork for the possible launch of UAM services in South Korea by 2025. The findings are expected to be released in February 2022.
Kakao Mobility is the creator of the Kakao T app, which offers mobility-related services in South Korea, such as taxi-hailing, electric bicycle sharing, transportation and parking reservations, and navigation.
“As the largest mobility platform in South Korea, Kakao Mobility has deep insights on traffic patterns and customer needs in the Korean mobility market,” said Seungil You, chief technology officer at Kakao Mobility, in a press release. “Starting from the cooperation with Volocopter in the Korean market, we are looking forward to expanding our partnership across the UAM industry worldwide, as well as our business as an airspace mobility platform in the future.”
Volocopter is developing a lineup of eVTOL aircraft that can transport passengers and cargo, and recently conducted two public test flights at Gimpo International Airport and Incheon Airport in Seoul, South Korea. The company said it has obtained both design and production organization approvals from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency.
“We are very excited about our partnership with Kakao Mobility, South Korea’s industry leader in platform technology,” said Florian Reuter, CEO of Volocopter. “Through this partnership, we will leverage Kakao Mobility’s existing network of urban ground mobility and readapt their strengths for urban air mobility.”