Atkins is working with electric aircraft company Vertical Aerospace to develop intercity air taxi services.
Vertical Aerospace is one of the first companies in the world to build and fly a full scale, fully electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOL), andhope to have one flying commercially by 2023.
Vertical Aerospace and Atkins plan to develop a blueprint for urban air mobility, with Atkins designing the system and infrastructure for the air vehicle. The blueprint will cover aviation infrastructure, passenger experience, operating models, intelligent mobility and cyber security.
Atkins is already providing Vertical Aerospace with vehicle safety and certification support.
Both firms hope that the initiative taking place in Bristol will revolutionise the way people fly globally.
Atkins president Philip Hoare said: “As the world’s population continues to grow, our current city transportation models, associated infrastructure and ways of operating will need to adapt to meet unprecedented demand.
“Vertical Aerospace and Atkins’s pioneering work to take on-demand travel skyward, by developing a system in which eVTOL can operate, has the potential to revolutionise future city and regional transportation.”
Vertical Aerospace founder and chief executive Stephen Fitzpatrick added: “As we push ahead with developing the technology to decarbonise flight, we must keep passenger experience and safety at the forefront of our designs.”
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