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South Korea to invest USD22.4 million to build future aviation technology centre for drones and flying taxis

South Korea will invest USD22.4 million to build a future aviation centre in the eastern city of Wonju for the development, demonstration, and technology evaluation of future aviation technologies according to the Aju Korea Daily (AKD).

“A public-private consultative body called “Urban Air Mobility Team Korea” was launched in June 2020 to commercialise drone taxis in 2025 after the government released a roadmap including the enactment of a special law that would introduce a new urban ecosystem covering personal aerial vehicles ahead of other countries” according to AKD.

“South Korea’s UAM dream team includes Hyundai Motor, Hanwha Systems, Korean Air, SK Telecom, and Doosan Mobility Innovation. In October 2020, Hyundai introduced a roadmap for an autonomous air cargo system that would be commercialised in 2026.

“However, UAM and drone-related services are heavily regulated in South Korea where most urban areas are de facto no-fly zones because of safety and security reasons. South Korea is conducting thorough verifications of flying vehicle-related technologies and operations to prevent safety accidents and breaches of security at military bases and high-security areas near Seoul and its surrounding cities.

“Wonju City said that it will break ground for the construction of the future aviation technology centre at the Buron industrial complex, located west of Wonju on November 23. The four-story research centre will be built on land that is 6,416 square meters wide, about the size of a football stadium, and is due to be finished by December 2024.”

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