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Hyundai Motor to develop advanced air mobility ecosystem in Indonesia

Hyundai Motor to develop advanced air mobility ecosystem in Indonesia

South Korean automotive giant Hyundai Motor Group has reportedly unveiled plans to develop an ecosystem of advanced air mobility (AAM), which will include flying cars and related infrastructure in Nusantara, the new capital of Indonesia which is under construction.

The Nusantara National Capital Authority signed a memorandum of understanding with the carmaker for a new project ahead of the B-20 Summit Indonesia 2022 which will take place next week in Bali.

Earlier this year, the government of Indonesia announced a plan to shift its capital from Jakarta, on the island of Java, to a new forest city Nusantara, on the island of Borneo.

Around $33 billion will be spent on developing the new metropolis, with the relocation expected to take around a decade.

As per the agreement, the two will work toward realizing the concept of integrating land-air mobility, testing AAM vehicles, and developing the associated infrastructure and ecosystem.

Bambang Susantono, head of the Nusantara National Capital Authority, said that integrating AAM into the new Indonesian capital will make the city a ‘living laboratory,' which adheres to Nusantara’s philosophy of creating a new lifestyle, working, and learning culture.

He added that it is meaningful that with Hyundai’s help, the new capital is built as a sustainable smart city.  Hyundai said that it has high expectations from the project, aimed at providing an efficient model for the AMM ecosystem and offering high-quality life for the capital’s residents. It added that depending on the success in Indonesia, the group will aim at creating a broader global AAM ecosystem.

Shin Jae-won, president in charge of AAM at Hyundai Motor, said that the group’s MoU with Indonesia is the first step toward realizing its vision and promise of building a safe and innovative AAM ecosystem.

The group unveiled its vision for AAM earlier this year by introducing the concept of regional air mobility and regional air mobility and outlined a road map for developing eco-friendly aircraft. It also aims to begin commercialization of UAM vehicles by 2028 in the US through its aviation arm Supernal.

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