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Indonesia to test flying taxis for new capital Nusantara in July, ahead of Independence Day showcase

Indonesia will test its first flying taxis for the country’s new capital Nusantara in July, ahead of an anticipated showcase at Independence Day celebrations on Aug 17 according to a ChannelNewsAsia article.

“Trials will be conducted at Samarinda airport for a month after the parts are inspected and assembled. The vehicles can carry five people” according to the article.

“The flying taxis are a collaboration between the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) and Hyundai Motors Company. The Nusantara Capital City Authority and Hyundai signed a memorandum of understanding to develop an advanced air mobility ecosystem in Indonesia in 2022.

“Local media reported that flying taxis are becoming a reality, with Indonesia joining the ranks of countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Slovakia, and Japan, which have begun tests.

“After the trial, Hyundai is expected to develop a business model for the flying taxis through Supernal, its subsidiary in the United States specialising in urban air mobility. It will also develop autonomous flight technology for the vehicles.

“Nusantara expects to have the vehicles flying over the city by 2045.”

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