An airport for flying cars is set to drive the English city of Coventry into the future later this year. A project aims to show how air taxis will work in urban centers.
Urban-Air Port, a UK-based start-up, has partnered with auto giant Hyundai Motor to develop the infrastructure required when flying cars take to the skies to move people and goods.
Beginning in November, Coventry visitors can see what an airport looks like with cars flying and see a passenger drone and a working electric vertical take-off and landing vehicle (eVTOL) on the landing pad.
Urban-Air Port was selected by a government program aimed at developing zero-emission aircraft and new aircraft. A grant of £ 1.2 million (US $ 1.65 million) was awarded to fund the temporary installation of the Coventry city center airport.
“With the support of the British government and the Hyundai Motor Group, we will realize the first fully functional airport in the world,” said Ricky Sandhu, founder and CEO of Urban Air-Port, on Friday to Reuters.
While progress was being made in developing flying cars, Sandhu said infrastructure was the missing piece.
“You cannot get off the train or get on the train unless you reach the station, so supporting the ground infrastructure is absolutely essential,” he said.