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World’s First Airport For ‘Flying Cars’ Comes To UK This Year

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World’s First Airport For ‘Flying Cars’ Comes To UK This Year

The world's first 'pop-up' mobile airport for flying cars and air taxis is planned to open in Coventry later this year.

The Air-One transport hub will be used to showcase air taxis and autonomous delivery drones that will one day be used to transport people and goods across the country.

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Computer generated images show how the hub, which will be located near to the Ricoh Arena, will look.

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The project has received a £1.2 million government grant which has been matched by Hyundai, Sky News reports.

The team behind the project say it's scheduled to open in November, which will coincide with Coventry's UK City of Culture celebrations.

Initially it will be used to help the public understand the new technology and Coventry University has partnered with the project to show live demonstrations of the 'flying cars' taking off.

Although commonly known as 'flying cars', the electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOLs) vehicles are actually more like electric helicopters.

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Ricky Sandhu, founder and executive chairman of Urban Air Port, said: "Cars need roads. Trains need rails. Planes need airports. EVTOLs will need Urban Air Ports.

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"Over 100 years ago, the world's first commercial flight took off, creating the modern connected world.

"Urban Air Port will improve connectivity across our cities, boost productivity and help the UK to take the lead in a whole new clean global economy.

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"Flying cars used to be a futuristic flight of fancy. Air-One will bring clean urban air transport to the masses and unleash a new airborne world of zero emission mobility."

Air-One is one of three designs, alongside Ground-One and Water-One that will allow flying vehicles to dock and land as well as providing space for charging.

Pamela Cohn, chief operating officer for the Urban Air Mobility Division of Hyundai Motor Group, said: "As we advance our eVTOL aircraft programme, development of supporting infrastructure is imperative.

"Air-One is a unique project that is set to help lead the way in developing a robust, accessible and intermodal infrastructure network for future mobility.

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"We are excited to be part of this partnership in the UK and look forward to working together to create community impact and opportunity through safe, affordable and human-centred mobility solutions."

Gary Cutts, UK Research and Innovation Future Flight Challenge Director, said: "Urban Air Port has the potential to revolutionise cities across the world, making them more connected, cleaner and accelerating our green economic recovery.

"This project epitomises the purpose of the Future Flight Challenge fund - it is innovation at its finest - and will help to position the UK at the vanguard of electric urban air mobility."

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Topics: UK News, Technology

Claire Reid
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