[SPONSORED REPORTS] Incheon gets serious about personal air vehicles
The city of Incheon is making an effort to actively encourage the personal air vehicle (PAV) industry by establishing PAV demonstration centers and designating special free districts for PAVs.
On Aug. 19 the city signed an agreement with Ongjin County in Incheon and other related organizations such as Incheon Techno Park, Incheon Tourism Organization, Incheon Port Authority and Industry-Academy- Research Consortium to Nurture the PAV to create a PAV demonstration center.
The agreement was signed to encourage mutual cooperation between Incheon and the other organizations. The city hopes to become one of the leaders in the new era where urban air mobility plays a key role in terms of public transportation.
“The agreement between Incheon and the other organizations could lead to a step forward in terms of commercializing PAVs,” said Park Nam-chun, the mayor of Incheon. “We will make sure free districts for PAVs are designated and encourage PAV industries to become the leader in the fields of future transportation.”
Incheon has applied for the special free district designation for PAVS in the areas near Jawol Island. If this area goes through the government’s screening process and becomes the special free district for PAVs, the city will be able to receive certifications in terms of safety and air worthiness from the government and freely demonstrate the PAVs which will play a key role in the city’s future PAV businesses.
Based on these efforts, Incheon city hopes to commercialize the PAV industry in 2025. The city has come up with various business items related to PAVs to materialize the city’s plan. In 2022, it will develop new PAV routes which connect Incheon’s local islands including Jawol Island, Deokjeok Island and Ijak Island. Also, with the help of the Incheon Port Authority and Incheon Tourism Organization, the city will develop innovative logistics systems in 2023 and travel package programs using PAVs in 2024.
To expedite the commercialization of PAVs, the city has come up with a plan to establish the PAV Convergence Cluster Complex. Also, it plans to help local automobile industries suffering from the outbreak of the coronavirus by changing them to PAV industries which could provide sustainable high quality jobs opportunities.
By Park Ji-hoon [firstname.lastname@example.org]
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