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31 May 2019

Atkins and Vertical Aerospace to develop air taxi services

First publishedon www.ITSInternational.com

Atkins has joined forces with electric aircraft company Vertical Aerospace in the UK city of Bristol to develop intercity air taxi services.

The partners are aiming to develop a blueprint for urban air mobility, with Atkins designing the system and infrastructure around the air vehicle.

Atkins says the blueprint will cover aviation infrastructure, passenger experience, operating models, intelligent mobility and cyber security.

Philip Hoare, president of Atkins, says the development of a system in which electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft can operate “has the potential to revolutionise future city and regional transportation”.

Vertical Aerospace has built a full scale eVTOL and is working towards a commercial flight by 2023.

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