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AIR TAXI SERVICES
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The German company Volocopter plans to operate the first commercial air taxi routes in the next two to three years, thereby cementing its leading international position among the providers of passenger drones. Until then, there is still a lot to be done. In particular, the societal regulatory requirements and an industry environment must be created for this. Because one player alone is likely to be overwhelmed with the mammoth task of establishing an economically viable business model that can be adapted to different markets. This is also known in Bruchsal and with “The Roadmap to Scalable Urban Air Mobility” Volocopter has now presented a whitepaper on nationwide air taxi services, which is essentially based on the idea of ​​a UAM ecosystem.

In the summer of 2019, Volocopter mainly dealt with technical issues in an initial whitepaper. In “Pioneering the Urban Air Taxi Revolution” the challenges associated with the construction and certification of air taxis were discussed. One and a half years, a few million in financing and development steps later, the team around CEO Florian Reuter is apparently ready to open the next chapter on the way to the market launch of the velocity in the metropolises of this world.  “Volocopter leads the market for electric air taxis in city centers worldwide. With the velocity and our market launch strategy, we can offer our services within the framework of the existing ecosystem for the next two to three years, ”Florian Reuter is convinced. “However, in order to be able to offer safe and efficient air taxi services with an unforgettable customer experience across the board, we need a comprehensive and fully integrated UAM ecosystem. This is exactly what we are working on with our partners. ” When presenting the white paper, the company emphasized the importance of strategic partnerships in order to be able to establish a sustainable network of UAM services. 

Singapore and Paris, where they are already integrated into local cooperation networks, are cited as specific examples. But of course, it is not least a question of developing comparable metropolitan areas through further joint projects. The cake should be big enough to provide sufficient incentives for collaborative efforts. In the newly presented white paper, Volocopter is based on the assumption that “Urban Air Mobility” could generate a sales potential of 241 billion euros in 2035. And with velocity (passenger transport) and VoloDrone (logistics services), we see ourselves as very well positioned for the two areas of application identified as essential applications in the urban context. A second very important aspect of the strategic considerations deals with the important area of ​​customer orientation. In addition to the key question of security, there are also questions of usability and price. According to Volocopter’s whitepaper, consistent and service-oriented digitization of the entire service chain, as well as autonomous flying, offer important starting points in order to actually anchor air taxis as an affordable mobility option in society. A second very important aspect of the strategic considerations deals with the important area of ​​customer orientation. In addition to the key question of security, there are also questions of usability and price. According to Volocopter’s whitepaper, consistent and service-oriented digitization of the entire service chain, as well as autonomous flying, offer important starting points in order to actually anchor air taxis as an affordable mobility option in society. A second very important aspect of the strategic considerations deals with the important area of ​​customer orientation. In addition to the key question of security, there are also questions of usability and price. According to Volocopter’s whitepaper, consistent and service-oriented digitization of the entire service chain, as well as autonomous flying, offer important starting points in order to actually anchor air taxis as an affordable mobility option in society.

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