Hyundai and Nusantara Capital City Authority have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work together to introduce an Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) ecosystem in Indonesia, which includes plans for test flights.
The MoU signing was attended by Jaiwon Shin, President and Head of Hyundai Motor Group’s Advanced Air Mobility Division, with Indonesian government officials, including Bambang Susantono, Head of the Nusantara Capital City Authority.
According to Hyundai, the aim is to introduce AAM as part of a smart mobility ecosystem in the new capital city. A roadmap is expected to be developed that will review the concept of consolidated mobility for ground and air while carrying out an AAM demonstration project and test flights.
“Implementing advanced air mobility in Nusantara is in line with OIKN’s spirit of being a ‘living laboratory’ in Indonesia, open to creating a culture of new learning, working and lifestyle,” said Bambang Susantono, Head of the Capital City Nusantara Authority. “We value Hyundai Motor Group’s cooperation in developing Nusantara as a smart and sustainable city.”
Indonesia, believed to be the largest aviation market in Southeast Asia, consists of more than 18,000 islands, making it difficult to develop land transportation. In addition, there is a movement to actively introduce a smart mobility ecosystem in the process of relocating the capital. Indonesia’s high-level aviation infrastructure and technological capabilities will be utilized to develop the AAM ecosystem and help improve the mobility of islanders.
There are also believed to be ambitions to build a global AAM ecosystem beyond Southeast Asia based on its achievements in Indonesia.
“The vision of implementing AAM is to create a safe, accessible, automated and affordable air transportation system. It is for a better future, so that future generations can have a better quality of life,” said President Jaiwon Shin. “Our cooperation with the Indonesian government is the embodiment of Hyundai Motor Group’s commitment to bring the vision to life, to contribute to a better future for Indonesia.”
Hyundai announced its AAM development roadmap earlier this year, which encompasses the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) and Regional Air Mobility (RAM) segments, and is working on developing eco-friendly air mobility solutions. Hyundai’s Supernal unit in the US is aiming to begin UAM services in 2028, with plans to launch RAM services in the 2030s.