UrbanV Ready to Launch Air Mobility with AWS

A lead­ing Ver­ti­port com­pa­ny, UrbanV, is to col­lab­o­rate with Ama­zon Web Ser­vices (AWS) to devel­op a city-wide infra­struc­ture for eVTOLs with first flights expect­ed in Rome by 2025, reports a press release. AWS has been select­ed as the cloud provider and sup­port.

UrbanV is aim­ing to devel­op and oper­ate its own net­works of ver­ti­ports, to be employed by fly­ing taxis to trans­port pas­sen­gers with­in city cen­tres. This enables the com­pa­ny to lever­age AWS exper­tise as a glob­al cloud provider for air­lines and air­ports. It will assist with devel­op­ing an inno­v­a­tive and scal­able oper­at­ing mod­el for ver­ti­ports which can be expand­ed inter­na­tion­al­ly over the next few years.

Car­lo Tur­si, CEO of UrbanV, com­ment­ed, “Our vision for elec­tric urban air trav­el focus­es on rein­vent­ing the fly­ing expe­ri­ence. With­in AWS, we recog­nised the ide­al cloud part­ner to turn this vision into a real­i­ty.” He con­tin­ued, “Their unri­valled expe­ri­ence in the air­line indus­try gives them a pro­found under­stand­ing of the sec­tor and, fur­ther­more, their thirst for inno­va­tion makes them the ide­al part­ner to cre­ate new pos­si­bil­i­ties.”

The release states, “UrbanV has set itself the ambi­tious goal of launch­ing its first eVTOL ser­vice from Rome Fiu­mi­ci­no Air­port to cen­tral Rome by the end of 2024, ready to trans­port vis­i­tors arriv­ing in the city to attend the Jubilee in 2025. From 2026 onwards, Rome’s net­work will expand to 10 ver­ti­ports, allow­ing for fast, traf­fic-free trav­el between pop­u­lar tran­sit hubs and tourist des­ti­na­tions.”

UrbanV will also open ver­ti­port net­works in Venice, Bologna and on the French Riv­iera, pro­vid­ing trav­ellers with more rapid and sus­tain­able alter­na­tives to busy city streets and tra­di­tion­al means of trans­port. Over the next five years, the com­pa­ny aims to invest sev­er­al hun­dred mil­lion euros in the expan­sion of its mod­el on a Euro­pean and glob­al scale.

Ama­zon Web Ser­vices will play “a key role in the devel­op­ment of the oper­at­ing mod­el for UrbanV ver­ti­ports.”  The cloud tech­nol­o­gy will auto­mate the pas­sen­ger expe­ri­ence, mak­ing “check-in oper­a­tions and secu­ri­ty checks straight-for­ward, while reduc­ing the need for space and enabling the ver­ti­ports them­selves to inte­grate into urban areas.” Pas­sen­gers are to receive cus­tomised updates in real time, with trav­el plans that will auto­mat­i­cal­ly adjust if con­nect­ing flights are delayed.

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