Volocopter has put a three-year timeline to introdeuce air taxi services in Singapore. The pioneer in urban air mobility (UAM), announced this after two years of close collaboration with the Economic Development Board of Singapore (EDB) and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS).
In October 2019, Volocopter completed an air taxi demonstration flight over the Marina Bay area to give observers a foretaste of what UAM will look like.
“Our successful cooperation with EDB, Ministry of Transport and CAAS on our previous flight has shown that there is no better place in Asia to launch our electric air taxi services than in Singapore,” said Florian Reuter, CEO of Volocopter.
“The city’s research institutes conducting R&D play an integral part in this. Topics like route validation for autonomous operations, material science and research regarding battery technology are very important for our long-term business success,” he added.
However, Volocopter will need to get the necessary regulatory approvals, including those from CAAS and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency before it can take to the skies in Singapore. In preparation, it will be conducting comprehensive tests, flight trials, evaluations, and certification.
The first route is expected to be over the southern waters, offering passengers breath-taking views of the Marina Bay skyline. Other routes may include cross-border flights, which may enhance regional connectivity and offer a significantly improved travel experience to Singapore’s closest economic centres.
Volocopter air taxis are emission-free and can take-off and land vertically. They are designed as an addition to urban mobility and will fly up to two passengers directly and quietly to their destination and offer a whole new dimension to the quality of life in cities.