Sports car manufacturer teams with aerospace giant to develop concept for premium personal air mobility
Premium car manufacturer, Porsche has teamed up with Boeing to explore the urban air mobility market. The two companies are expecting to make use of their market strengths and insights to study the future of premium personal urban air mobility vehicles.
According to Porsche board member Detlev von Platen, the company is looking to enhance its scope as a sports car manufacturer by becoming extending its brand into other forms of mobility and move into what it refers to as the “third dimension of travel”.
“We are combining the strengths of two very successful global companies to address a potential key market segment of the future,” he says.
As part of the partnership, the companies will create an international team to address various aspects of urban air mobility, including analysis of the market potential for premium vehicles and possible use cases.
As part of the project, Boeing and Porsche are developing a concept for a fully electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle. Engineers from both companies, as well as Porsche Engineering Services Studio F A Porsche, will implement and test a prototype.
“This collaboration builds on our efforts to develop a safe and efficient new mobility concept, and provides an opportunity to investigate the development of a premium urban air mobility vehicle with a major automotive brand,” said Steve Nordlund, Vice President and General Manager of Boeing NeXt.
A 2018 study by Porsche Consulting forecasts that the urban air mobility market will pick up speed after 2025. The study also indicates that urban air mobility products will transport passengers more quickly and efficiently than current conventional means of terrestrial transport, at a lower cost and with greater flexibility.