An urban air mobility programme is to be launched in Seville, with electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft providing passenger transportation and logistics services.
In Spain’s first pilot of urban air mobility (UAM) services, the city government of Seville has entered into an agreement with Chinese autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) technology platform company EHang to develop and launch passenger transportation, air logistics and command and control platforms in the city.
The parties will also collaborate on applications for permission to conduct test flights in accordance with Spanish and European legislation, as well as the planning of flight routes.
Additionally, EHang will perform an aerial light show to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Ferdinand Magellan’s voyage around the world, which started in Seville.
The city’s Mayor, Juan Espadas Cejas, described the partnership with EHang as a “great opportunity” for Seville.
“Our city has a rich legacy in European aviation, which we believe can promote EHang’s AAV tests, operations, and permitting applications both in Spain and Europe,” he said. “We look forward to EHang’s first flight in Seville and hope our cooperation will facilitate the commercialisation of its UAM ecosystem in Europe.”
“There are many old, narrow paths in the old town of Seville, which are inaccessible to automobiles,” added Hu Huazhi, the founder, chairman and CEO of EHang. “We believe our AAV can be a great solution for the city to relieve traffic congestion and better preserve historic sectors. Furthermore, as a popular tourist city, we hope to open up flying routes for sightseeing so that visitors from around the world can experience the spectacular cityscape of Seville by air.”
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