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As part of Tactical Instrumental Deconfliction and In-flight Resolution-(TindAIR), a project for very large-scale demonstrations on urban mobility, Umiles Next’s Concept Integrity air taxi, equipped with Tecnalia’s FlyFree technology, has completed successful test flights in Toulouse, taking off from the Onera Test Field. This event represents a significant step towards the integration of this type of aircraft into the air space as part of the European TindAIR project, intended to validate the urban air traffic management system of the future with unmanned aircraft (U-space). In this demonstration, other UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) flew alongside the air taxi to show that this new traffic element can successfully coexist in urban areas in the near future.
At the event, Umiles Next was able to test automatic flight control and autonomous take-off and landing on its eVTOL aircraft (electric and vertical take-off and landing), making it possible to integrate the air taxi into the U-space.
The mobility of the future will be smarter and more sustainable. Alternative transportation options will be available in increasingly crowded cities thanks to new systems and developments. Umiles Next and Tecnalia are already very focused on that future, developing air and ground mobility solutions which are expected to become a viable option by 2028.
The Concept Integrity air taxi is an improved evolution of the first prototype unveiled in 2019. It is capable of travelling across cities autonomously, designed to carry one person and cover urban distances of up to 15 kilometers in 15 minutes.