Skyroads has joined Supernal’s Airspace Management Consortium, which was launched earlier this year to serve as a resource for the advanced air mobility industry (AAM) to shape common operating and design standards that support industry development.
As an aviation embedded systems developer, Skyroads — formerly D3 Technologies — provides a continuously evolving software/hardware solution for airspace management and air traffic control. It has built up strategic partnerships with several companies and earlier this year, became a member of the Canadian Advanced Air Mobility Consortium (CAAM).
Looking ahead, Supernal will work with consortium members to simulate the operation of UAS Traffic Management (UTM) and AAM network and ultimately flight test Supernal’s concept of operations.
Achim Kostron, Chief Commercial Officer, Skyroads, said: “The development of Skyroads is based on a philosophy of interoperability. The system’s openness as well as its Design Assurance Level of Aviation, is a prerequisite for the intermodal UAM ecosystem that professional AAM OEMs like Supernal are asking for. As we share a vision and mindset, we are pleased to partner with Supernal as a member of the consortium.”
Supernal is an evolution of the Urban Air Mobility Division of Hyundai Motor Group and was announced as a new company earlier this month. It is developing a family of electric air vehicles and convening public and private stakeholders to responsibly shape the AAM industry.
Supernal is also working to integrate advanced air mobility into existing transit networks and to shape a seamless intermodal passenger experience. The vision is for passengers to use a single app — like current rideshare platforms — to plan their journey, which could include taking a car or rail from home to an AAM ‘vertiport’ an eVTOL across town, and an e‑scooter for the last mile.
It plans to launch its first commercial flight in 2028 and scale operations, leveraging the Group’s manufacturing expertise, as the AAM market and public acceptance begin to grow in the 2030s.
Speaking when Supernal was announced, Jaiwon Shin, Chief Executive Officer of Supernal and President of Hyundai Motor Group, said: “In adding a new dimension to mobility, we are on a mission to transform how people and society move, connect, and live. We have bold ambitions at Supernal but being first to market is not one of them.
“We are working to build the right product and the right integrated market, and we will leverage Hyundai Motor Group’s scaled manufacturing expertise to ensure AAM reaches the right price point and is accessible to the masses.”