SK Telecom along with its ‘K‑UAM Grand Challenge’ consortia members, Joby Aviation, Korea Airports Corporation, Hanwha Systems and T‑Map Mobility, signed a recent Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with South Gyeongsang Province, to promote Urban Air Mobility (UAM) in the southern coastal region of Korea, reports thefastmode.com. (Please read article below explaining Korea’s UAM Grand Challenge).
The southern coast (Namhaean) is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Korea. The region includes 876 islands and 27 beaches. The collaboration aims to create “a high value-added tourism industry” by combining “the beautiful natural environment and future air mobility service,” to transform the region into a more attractive global tourist destination.
Under the MOU, SKT will operate an UAM service based on AI technologies, build aerial networks and introduce Joby Aviation eVTOL Aircraft. Korea Airports Corp is to construct the vertiports and provide UAM traffic management service. Hanwha Systems will manage the development, manufacturing, sales and MRO of the eVTOLs, while providing traffic management solutions. And T‑Map Mobility is to build and operate a Mobility-as-a-Service platform that can connect UAM and ground transportation. South Gyeongsang Province will offer sites and infrastructure for these operations as well as provide administrative support.
This partnership along with two previous MOUs signed with Jeju Special Self-Governing Province (last September) and Daegu Metropolitan City (last October) is expected to accelerate progress towards achieving the Korean Government’s goal of commercialising an UAM service by 2025.
Ryu Young-sang, CEO of SKT, commented, “Following our partnership with Jeju and Daegu, we are excited to join hands with South Gyeongsang Province and look forward to driving UAM-powered innovations in this region.” He continued, “With our strong Consortia partners, we will swiftly move towards introducing a safe and convenient UAM service in Korea.”
The SKT Consortium Memorandum of Understanding with Jeju Special Self-Governing Province aims to launch South Korea’s first commercial UAM service on Jeju Island, Korea’s largest and most developed resort island, in 2025. The plans include building both vertiports and a traffic management system to fly travellers between Jeju International Airport and major tourist destinations on the island.
The MOU with Daegu Metropolitan City is to promote UAM within a leading Korean city. Collaborative efforts are being made to develop services and the necessary infrastructure in the urban areas of Daegu and then later expand the service to the Daegu-Gyeongbuk region centred on a new airport being constructed.
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(News Source: https://www.thefastmode.com)