NDTV News

NDTV.com provides latest news from India and the world. Get today’s news headlines from Business, Technology, Bollywood, Cricket, videos, photos, live news coverage and exclusive breaking news from India.

https://www.ndtv.com/

South Korea Tests System For Controlling Air Taxis

South Korea Tests System For Controlling Air Taxis

Last year, South Korea announced a roadmap to begin commercial urban air travel by 2025.

Seoul:

South Korea demonstrated a system for controlling urban air mobility vehicles (UAM) on Thursday, which it hopes will serve as taxis between major airports and downtown Seoul as soon as 2025, cutting travel time by two-thirds.

Last year, South Korea announced a roadmap to begin commercial urban air travel by 2025. The transport ministry estimates such services could cut travel time for distances between 30-50km (19-31 miles) from an hour by car to 20 minutes by air.

"As UAM is expected to become one of the common means of transportation that citizens use in daily life, it is absolutely imperative that we test and try out UAM services in various environments," Transport Minister Noh Hyeong-ouk, who attended the demonstration on Thursday, said in a statement.

A pilot flew a two-seat model made by Germany's Volocopter at Seoul's Gimpo Airport to test and demonstrate its control and coordination.

Powered by helicopter-like rotors for vertical take-offs and landings, the craft demonstrated can be piloted or operate autonomously without one.

When passengers are onboard the UAMs, a pilot must man the craft to ensure safety, a transport ministry official said, adding it would also aid acceptance by the general public.

South Korean designers also showed off a model of their own drone aircraft. A full-sized prototype is expected to begin test flights by next year, with the aim of developing an operational five-seat version, according to the transport ministry.

Other technology demonstrated at the event included imaging equipment to detect and track the aircraft, and patented lighting systems for "vertiports" where drones land and take off.

A trip from Incheon International Airport to central Seoul, is expected to cost around 110,000 won ($93) when commercial journeys start in 2025 - more expensive than premium taxis - but to drop to around 20,000 won per trip after 2035 when the market matures, the ministry said.

Thursday's test flight determined the air traffic control system that manages domestic and international flights at airports can also monitor and manage UAM aircraft, the ministry said in a statement.

"This shows that the existing air traffic operations can be conducted in harmony with UAM operations," the statement said.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

Related news

Economist Gita Gopinath's Big Promotion: 5 Reasons For It.

Indian-American Gita Gopinath, Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund, has been promoted as its First Deputy Managing Director, or FDMD, after the current FDMD Geoffrey Okamoto announced...

NDTV News

Chris Cuomo was carrying CNN's ratings: Coglianese

Chris Cuomo was carrying CNN's ratings: Coglianese

Radio host Vince Coglianese reveals what really drove CNN to suspend anchor Chris Cuomo on 'Tucker Carlson Tonight.' #FoxNews #TuckerCarlsonTonight Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video: Watch Fox News Channel Live: FOX News Channel (FN...

Sky News Breakfast: 'We don't know enough about Omicron - yet'.

Sky News Breakfast: 'We don't know enough about Omicron - yet'.

On Sky News Breakfast with Kay Burley on Wednesday, December 1: - the Health Secretary Sajid Javid tells Kay that there's still a lot of learn about the new Omicron variant of coronavirus; - but he said there was no need for people to change their...

Health Secretary on Omicron variant: We're on a 'national mission'.

Health Secretary on Omicron variant: We're on a 'national mission'.

The Health Secretary Sajid Javid says we still don't know enough about the new Omicron variant of COVID-19 which has arrived in the UK. So the government is rolling out a huge campaign to deliver booster vaccinations to all adults by the end of Ja...

San Francisco Police Department member tells Tucker they are fed up.

San Francisco Police Department member tells Tucker they are fed up.

San Francisco Police Department member Tracy McCray joins ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ to discuss the dozens of stores hit by mobs of looters. Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video: Watch Fox News Channel Live: FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 2...

El Salvador: Fighting climate change - Global Ideas.

El Salvador: Fighting climate change - Global Ideas.

Central America's smallest country, El Salvador, is being increasingly battered by the effects of climate change - by drought, floods, and violent storms. The small organization CESTA has long been fighting for more environmental protection in its...

Arsenal star Gabriel fights off thugs in baseball bat attack.

Arsenal star Gabriel fights off thugs in baseball bat attack.

ARSENAL star Gabriel fought off a baseball bat-wielding robber who attempted to steal his car from his garage. A pair of thieves followed the £27m centre-back and his friend home before demanding the footballer’s keys, phone and watch as he got ou...