D3 Technologies has agreed to collaborate with Walle Mobility in exploring opportunities for Urban Air Mobility in Italy.
The company is developing a digital, fail-safe air management system that enables Advanced Air Mobility to scale. It organises air traffic over metropolitan areas and connecting corridors for air taxis and heavy cargo drones.
As part of this partnership, both D3 and Walle Mobility will create a state-of-the-art recognised concept of operations, with D3 focusing on the air traffic management part and Walle Mobility providing the air taxi service.
Achim Kostron, CCO D3 Technologies: “The future advanced air mobility system will be based on interoperability and requires to be handled with highest standards of safety. Walle Mobility shares our vision of highly safe and automated Advanced Air Mobility. We are happy to move forward together as this partnership is the first to demonstrate this kind of operations in Italy.”
Italy is seen as a potential early adopter for Advanced Air Mobility in Europe, with a high potential for business, leisure and sightseeing flights.
Walle Mobility’s goal is to specifically target interurban routes within 50km and offer routes as a shuttle transport service via eVTOL aircraft. Its roadmap will see the company mock up a vertiport design later this year, with public demo days starting from 2022-23.
The construction of the first vertiport is planned for 2024, as well as the recruitment and training of the country’s first pilot. The launch of Italy’s first eVTOL aircraft service will then launch a year later in 2025.
It says it wants to radically transform passenger transport in high-density areas and connect strategic points of cities or tourist areas with important traffic nodes such as airports and railway stations.
Walle Mobility’s latest agreement with D3 Technologies is the third one it has announced in the eVTOL market. Earlier this year, the Italian startup confirmed it will be working with Jaunt Air Mobility to develop the first routes as early as 2026. Jaunt’s Journey eVTOL aircraft will also be used for the first passenger-carrying services. Additionally, Walle is working with Airio to develop intelligent flight paths.
Kostron added: “There are two large towns (Milan and Rome), more than 800 islands, a third of the surface is made up by mountains, nearby big cities are often 100-200 kms away from each other.
“There’s a huge potential also for leisure and sightseeing flights, for example Florence, Naples, Venice, and others. All embedded in an ecosystem of districts which are familiar with aerospace and automotive facilities and expertise.”
Since being founded in 2018, D3 Technologies has also already entered several relevant partnerships itself, including Varon Vehicles, Manta Aircraft and Flynow Aviation. In May 2021, D3 also became a member of the Canadian Advanced Air Mobility Consortium for Urban Air Traffic Control definition and implementation in Canada.