Hyundai Motor President Shin Jai-won, left, poses with Nusantara Capital City Authority chief Bambang Susantono after signing a memorandum of understanding on an advanced air mobility ecosystem in Bali on Nov. 14. Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor

Two will cooperate to establish ecosystem for advanced air mobility

South Korea’s Hyundai Motor announced on Nov. 14 that it had inked a memorandum of understanding with the Nusantara Capital City Authority (NCCA) in Indonesia.

Under the agreement signed on the sidelines of the B20 summit at Bali, they will work together to launch an advanced air mobility (AAM) ecosystem in Indonesia.

Hyundai President Shin Jai-won took part in the signing event along with Indonesian government officials, including Bambang Susantono, head of the NCCA. 

Hyundai said that the MOU was geared toward introducing AAM as part of a smart mobility ecosystem in the new capital city that Indonesia is working to establish.

The two sides plan to develop a roadmap and review the concept of consolidated mobility for ground and air while carrying out an AAM demonstration project and test flights.

“Implementing advanced air mobility in Nusantara is in line with NCCA’s spirit of being a ‘living laboratory’ in Indonesia, open to creating a culture of new learning, working and lifestyle,” NCCA chief Bambang Susantono said.

“We value Hyundai Motor Group’s cooperation in developing Nusantara as a smart and sustainable city.”

AAM appears to be a perfect fit for Indonesia, which is the largest aviation market in Southeast Asia and consists of more than 18,000 islands _ it’s difficult for the country to develop land transportation.

In addition, there is a movement to actively introduce a smart mobility ecosystem in the process of relocating the capital. 

Hyundai expects to help improve the mobility of islanders by efficiently building an AAM ecosystem that utilizes Indonesia’s high-level aviation infrastructure and technological capabilities.

Hyundai also plans to build a global AAM ecosystem beyond the SEA region based on its achievements in Indonesia, according to the Seoul-based automaker.

“The vision of implementing AAM is to create a safe, accessible, automated, and affordable air transportation system. It is for a better future, so that future generations can have a better quality of life,” Hyundai President Shin said.

“Our cooperation with the Indonesian government is the embodiment of Hyundai Motor Group’s commitment to bring the vision to life, to contribute to a better future for Indonesia.”

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