Bored of being stuck in long traffic jams in city centres. Well get ready to be relieved if you have the moolah. A study conducted by Porsche in 2018 and certain consulting forecasts have indicated that urban air mobility would start picking up from 2025 onwards. Porsche wants to be ready with its arsenal when the shooting begins in the urban air mobility battle space. And Porsche has a strong ally this time.
Porsche and Boeing have entered into an MoU to study and develop the concept of all electric vertical take and landing urban mobility solutions. The concept is being developed by Porsche, Boeing and Aurora Flights, a subsidiary of Boeing. Engineers from these companies as well as Porsche’s subsidiaries, Porsche Engineering Services GmbH and Studio F.A. Porsche, will implement and test a prototype.
Detlev von Platen, Member of the Executive Board for Sales and Marketing at Porsche AG stated, “Porsche is looking to enhance its scope as a sports car manufacturer by becoming a leading brand for premium mobility. In the longer term, this could mean moving into the third dimension of travel. We are combining the strengths of two leading global companies to address a potential key market segment of the future.”
“This collaboration builds on our efforts to develop a safe and efficient new mobility ecosystem, and provides an opportunity to investigate the development of a premium urban air mobility vehicle with a leading automotive brand,” said Steve Nordlund, Vice President and General Manager Boeing NeXt, an organization that is laying the foundation for a next-generation mobility ecosystem in which autonomous and piloted vehicles can safely coexist. “Porsche and Boeing together bring precision engineering, style and innovation to accelerate urban air mobility worldwide.”