UK will have an airport for taxidrones this year | Digital Trends Spanish
The United Kingdom will launch a “miniature airport” for the landing and take-off of drones for the transport of passengers (taxidrons) in the city of Coventry in late 2021.
The work will be built thanks to a multi-party collaboration between Hyundai companies and Urban Air Port, as well as between the UK governments and Coventry City Council.
Construction includes an investment of $ 1.65 million dollars and the airport is expected to finish construction in November of this year. The date of completion of the work contrasts with the reality regarding the adoption of taxidrons, which still remains a futuristic option for passenger transport.
Despite the absence of this service, Hyundai detailed various aspects of the work, which will be located next to the Ricoh Arena and the Coventry Arena metro station, on the county’s A444 highway. The facility will have a 40-meter-diameter retractable landing platform, and according to Hyundai, the miniature airport will have loading areas and even waiting rooms with amenities under the landing and take-off platform.
For its part, Urban Air Port highlights that the complex will have a modular structure, so that several of the pieces can be changed without having to modify the entire installation. In addition, it highlights that the physical footprint – the impact on the urban landscape – is 60 percent less than that of a traditional heliport. The comparison, however, should be subject to scrutiny, since the 40-meter diameter of the landing and take-off platform is substantially larger than a conventional heliport.
And, despite the absence of air transportation services using drones, Malloy Aeronautics pledged to conduct public demonstrations from the new airport by the end of 2021.
For now, at least 15 companies, including Uber, Boeing, Airbus and Hyundai, have divisions dedicated to the implementation of air transportation through drones. However, its commercial implementation is estimated for 2023.