Source: Korea Times
South Korea plans to commercialize Unmanned Air Taxi / Urban Air Mobility (UAM) by the end of 2025 at the earliest to ease traffic congestion in Seoul, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said on September 28.
The draft plan indicates that South Korea will formally introduce Unmanned Air Taxi by 2035 after a 10-year trial operation test; the earliest trial operation before full commercialization is expected to start in 2030.
The Ministry will set up "vertiports" at major transportation hubs in Seoul for these aerial vehicles to take off and land. According to the Ministry, these unmanned aerial vehicles fly at an altitude of about 300-600 meters and can reduce travel time to one-third that of conventional cars.
According to the Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, the global UAM market will reach 730 trillion won (about $617.59 billion) by 2040.
South Korea Plans to Introduce Unmanned Air Taxi by 2025