28-Nov-2022 Source: Hyundai
Hyundai Motor Group (the Group) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Nusantara Capital City Authority (Indonesia: Otorita Ibu Kota Nusantara, OIKN) to work together to establish an advanced air mobility (AAM) ecosystem in Indonesia. The MoU was conducted during the B20 summit at Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center, Indonesia.
The MoU signing was attended by Jaiwon Shin, President and Head of Hyundai Motor Group’s Advanced Air Mobility Division, with Indonesian government officials, including Bambang Susantono, Head of the Nusantara Capital City Authority.
The MoU aims to introduce AAM as part of a smart mobility ecosystem in the new capital city that Indonesia is working to establish. The Group plans to develop a roadmap and review the concept of consolidated mobility for ground and air while carrying out an AAM demonstration project and test flights.
“Implementing advanced air mobility in Nusantara is in line with OIKN’s spirit of being a ‘living laboratory’ in Indonesia, open to creating a culture of new learning, working and lifestyle,” said Bambang Susantono, Head of the Capital City Nusantara Authority. “We value Hyundai Motor Group’s cooperation in developing Nusantara as a smart and sustainable city.”
Indonesia, which is the largest aviation market in Southeast Asia, consists of more than 18,000 islands, making it difficult to develop land transportation. In addition, there is a movement to actively introduce a smart mobility ecosystem in the process of relocating the capital.
The Group expects to help improve the mobility of islanders by efficiently building an AAM ecosystem that utilizes Indonesia’s high-level aviation infrastructure and technological capabilities.
The Group also plans to build a global AAM ecosystem beyond the SEA region based on its achievements in Indonesia.
“The vision of implementing AAM is to create a safe, accessible, automated and affordable air transportation system. It is for a better future, so that future generations can have a better quality of life,” said President Shin. “Our cooperation with the Indonesian government is the embodiment of Hyundai Motor Group’s commitment to bring the vision to life, to contribute to a better future for Indonesia.”
The Group announced its AAM development roadmap, which encompasses the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) and Regional Air Mobility (RAM) segments, earlier this year and it is working on developing eco-friendly air mobility solutions.
The Group’s U.S.-based Supernal unit is aiming to begin UAM services in the U.S. in 2028, while the Group plans to launch RAM services in the 2030s.