South Korea has devised a high-tech solution to the jam in the country. The Korean Urban Air Mobility (K-UAM) roadmap was announced by the Korean government in June 2020. On 24 November, two-seater passenger drones completed Seoul, Daegu and Jeju island maiden flights.
The government plans to commercialize drone services between 2023-25. Chinese company EHeng Holdings has transported a drone taxi to Korea and completed flights of two-seater passenger grade drones of EHeng 216. From Seoul the Eheng 216 originated from the Yeuido island and over a densely populated area.
The second flight was carried out in Haiungu City in Susiang district where 119 fire emergency kits and AED material packages were delivered. In addition, the last flight was carried out on Jeju island where Eihang 216 passed over the coast and aerial sightseeing was introduced.
The main objective of drone taxi is to reduce the problem of jam in the country. This drone flies at a height of 50 meters and its speed in the air is 50 kilometers per hour. The drone remained in the air for about seven minutes. The drone was demonstrated by the Seoul government, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of South Korea.
Seoul Mayor Seo Jeong Hype said that we are very excited to have the first drone taxi facility, which is going to be a new medium of transportation in the future. As a local government, we will keep in mind that special care should be taken for the safety of any person from flying in the air to landing.