LG Electronics Business Solutions powers up Urban-Air Port to deploy next generation vertiport technology

LG Elec­tron­ics Busi­ness Solu­tions has declared a notable move into Advanced Air Mobil­i­ty sec­tor, by sign­ing a long-term strate­gic col­lab­o­ra­tion agree­ment with Urban-Air Port.

The part­ner­ships fol­lowed an ear­li­er meet­ing at the Inte­grat­ed Sys­tems Europe expo­si­tion in Barcelona back in Jan­u­ary. In a press release announced today (Mon­day), Urban-Air Port says this lat­est part­ner­ship bol­sters its efforts to deploy its next gen­er­a­tion ver­ti­port tech­nol­o­gy around the world.

The first step in this impor­tant rela­tion­ship is the devel­op­ment of a world-first, LG-enabled Urban Air Port AirOne Next Gen — a mul­ti-stacked hangar ver­ti­port ref­er­ence design. In the longer term, LG and UAP intend to devel­op a set of prod­ucts, designs and ser­vices to fur­ther widescale adop­tion glob­al­ly.

The two firms’ tech­ni­cal and research divi­sions will col­lab­o­rate on use cas­es and spec­i­fi­ca­tions for mul­ti­ple appli­ca­tions. This col­lab­o­ra­tion will be guid­ed by a steer­ing com­mit­tee drawn from senior lead­er­ship, and the impact of this part­ner­ship on the indus­try is expect­ed to be sig­nif­i­cant.

Ricky Sand­hu, Urban-Air Port’s Founder and Exec­u­tive Chair­man, said: “This is a huge­ly excit­ing moment in the evo­lu­tion of our tech­nol­o­gy. By incor­po­rat­ing LG’s immense tech­ni­cal exper­tise and prod­uct port­fo­lio, we can joint­ly offer the most advanced and seam­less­ly inte­grat­ed ver­ti­port infra­struc­ture.

“With LG’s focus on qual­i­ty and effi­cien­cy, com­bined with our focus on safe­ty and inno­va­tion, we are very excit­ed about reveal­ing our ful­ly coor­di­nat­ed, UAP & LG ref­er­ence design ver­ti­port for order on spec. This indus­try needs to scale and to do that, con­sol­i­da­tion across mul­ti lev­els will be required – this sim­pli­fi­ca­tion for ver­ti­ports is one more pos­i­tive step towards bring­ing this tech­nol­o­gy to mar­ket.”

This lat­est news builds on a pro­duc­tive rela­tion­ship between the two com­pa­nies: UAP has col­lab­o­rat­ed with LG since 2022, when LG sup­plied dig­i­tal infra­struc­ture for the ground-break­ing Coven­try launch of its AirOne ver­ti­port.

The sign­ing sets in place a strate­gic, long-term com­mit­ment to work togeth­er to devel­op and serve the mar­ket for and oper­a­tion of safe, reli­able, and effi­cient advanced air mobil­i­ty (AAM) sys­tems glob­al­ly using UAP and LG solu­tions cut­ting-edge tech­nolo­gies.

This unique com­mit­ment allows UAP to pro­vide its clients with ful­ly inte­grat­ed and seam­less­ly con­nect­ed ver­ti­ports, reduc­ing costs and com­plex­i­ty by incor­po­rat­ing exist­ing state-of-the-art LG tech­nol­o­gy, as well as soon to be announced tech­nolo­gies.

Sea­mus Walsh, Enter­prise Man­ag­er – Ener­gy, Indus­try, Mobil­i­ty, LG Elec­tron­ics, added: The urban air mobil­i­ty mar­ket is only in its infan­cy, but with so much invest­ment going into devel­op­ing the vehi­cles, there remains a huge oppor­tu­ni­ty to design, cre­ate, and deploy the mul­ti-faceted infra­struc­ture that’s required to enable them.

“Urban-Air Port are a true leader in that space, and with our exper­tise in devel­op­ing smart solu­tions for retail, trans­porta­tion, and dig­i­tal expe­ri­ences, we see huge poten­tial for the future in this long-term col­lab­o­ra­tion.”

The LG/UAP teams’ work will also lead to new mar­ket insights and deep­er under­stand­ing of inter­modal con­nec­tiv­i­ty require­ments for ver­ti­ports, as well as the diver­si­ty of cus­tomer require­ments and expe­ri­ence.

As part of this part­ner­ship, their teams will host work­shops, devel­op sim­u­la­tions, and con­duct sur­veys with the aim of build­ing a stan­dard­ised LG/UAP show­case ver­ti­port that can be tai­lored on spec.

LG will sup­port mutu­al explo­ration of inter­na­tion­al expan­sion of its ser­vices. In par­al­lel, LG also becomes part of UAP’s mar­ket-lead­ing ecosys­tem, part­ner net­work and joins exist­ing cus­tomers and part­ners includ­ing Super­nal, a part of Hyundai Motor Group in the US, those in the Mid­dle East and in Asia Pacif­ic.

Togeth­er, LG and UAP intend to devel­op a set of prod­ucts, designs and ser­vices to account for ele­ments of the val­ue chain required to deliv­er and sell UAP’s infra­struc­ture com­ple­ment­ed with LG plat­forms and ser­vices.

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Jason Pritchard

Jason Pritchard is the Editor of eVTOL Insights. He holds a BA from Leicester's De Montfort University and has worked in Journalism and Public Relations for more than a decade. Outside of work, Jason enjoys playing and watching football and golf. He also has a keen interest in Ancient Egypt.

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