Supernal yesterday announced a collaboration with Microsoft to advance autonomy, digital operations and cloud integration technologies for advanced air mobility (AAM) on the Microsoft cloud platform.

With Microsoft Azure, Supernal can leverage the flexibility and cloud computing power to run secure simulations at scale and accelerate its timeline to commercialisation. Microsoft benefits from Supernal’s industry experience to enhance its customer-driven product innovation, including further enabling AAM companies to test and train simulations.

Hyundai Motor Group president and Supernal CEO Dr Jaiwon Shin commented: “In ushering in a new frontier of transportation with AAM, Supernal has an obligation to ensure safe and secure deployment of eVTOL vehicles. We are pleased to collaborate with Microsoft in advancing AAM autonomous systems and information-sharing.”

During the initial phase of the collaboration, Microsoft will provide Supernal early access to Project AirSim, an artificial intelligence simulation platform, to safely build, test, train and validate autonomous aircraft transportation through simulation.

Project AirSim uses Azure to generate significant amounts of environment and sensory data to train machine learning models that simulate all phases of flight and variable weather patterns.

Project AirSim provides libraries of pretrained AI models and planet-scale 3D environments representing urban and rural landscapes, as well as a partner ecosystem offering synthetic data generation to help accelerate aerial autonomy.

In addition, Supernal is looking to use the Microsoft HoloLens 2 headset to create augmented reality (AR) applications for future vehicle and manufacturing operations to enable efficiencies in future AAM manufacturing and maintenance by providing technicians visual feedback during routine actions.

Microsoft corporate vice president of Cloud and AI Ulrich Homann added: “Air transport is a key pillar in the democratisation of mobility, connecting more people, goods and places through safe flight experiences.

“With the Microsoft Cloud, Supernal can unlock the computing power it takes to build, validate, and deploy electric air vehicles at scale, spurring the commercialisation of advanced air mobility solutions.”

Last October, BAE Systems and Supernal agreed to design and develop the flight control computer for Supernal’s eVTOL vehicle, a lightweight and compact fly-by-wire system for eVTOL vehicles that will enable safe, efficient, and comfortable flight.

Two days before, Hyundai Motor Group’s eVTOL department chose Honeywell to develop avionics systems to explore integration of its Anthem flight deck into its flying taxi, which is set to enter commercial service in 2028.