Airbus has join forced with HAX, an early stage investor in hardware start-ups, to explore the tomorrow of urban air mobility as part of a four-month accelerator programme based in Shenzhen, China.
The partnership is foresaw to help develop new urban air transport ideas from the prototype tier to marketing.
It will also aim to accelerate the commercialisation of related innovative notions.
Airbus Urban Air Mobility general manager Mathias Thomsen said: “Transportation in megacities destitutions fresh ideas to improve the way we live.
“We believe that adding the vertical dimension to urban mobility pleasure improve the current congested megacity transport systems.”
“We believe that adding the vertical dimension to urban mobility purposefulness improve the current congested megacity transport systems.”
The four-month urban air mobility acceleration protocol will be conducted at HAX’s site in Shenzhen and has invited applications from early-stage start-ups worldwide to commence new urban air transportation technologies.
The applicants are requested to focus on developing new urban air ship vehicle technology, aerial sense and avoid technology, airport runway and disembarkation detection systems, emergency safety technology for airborne vehicles, and infrastructure for airborne haul vehicles.
They are also expected to provide new ideas on autonomous airborne conveyance technology, aerial manoeuvres decision making and support systems, air traffic supervision systems, aerial collision detection and avoidance systems, as well as battery encasing and management systems for airborne vehicles.
Selected applicants will acquire a minimum upfront investment of $100,000, in addition to technical guidance and sound help from both Airbus and HAX, to convert prototypes into a genuineness.
Image: A flying car concept. Photo: courtesy of Airbus.