Porsche and Boeing to partner in the Premium Urban Air Mobility Market
"Porsche wants to strengthen the scope as a sports car manufacturer by becoming a leading brand of premium mobility. In the longer term this may mean moving into the third dimension of travel , "says Detlev von Platen, member of the Executive Board of Sales and Marketing at Porsche AG. "We combine the strengths of two leading global companies to address a potential future market segment."
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 of premium vehicles and possible use cases.
Boeing, Porsche and Boeing subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences are also developing a concept for a fully electric vertical take-off and landing vehicle. Engineers from both companies, as well as Porsche subsidiaries Porsche Engineering Services GmbH and Studio FA Porsche, will implement and test a prototype.
"This collaboration builds on our efforts to develop a safe and effective new mobility ecosystem, and provides an opportunity to explore the development of a first-class urban air mobility vehicle with a leading car brand," said Steve Nordlund Vice President and CEO of Boeing NeXt, an organization that lays the foundation for a next-generation mobility ecosystem where autonomous and piloted vehicles can safely coexist. "Porsche and Boeing bring together precision technology, style and innovation to accelerate urban air mobility worldwide."
Boeing is the world's largest airline and leading provider of commercial aviation, defense, space and security systems, and global services. As the top US exporter, the company supports commercial and public customers in more than 150 countries. Boeing employs more than 150,000 people worldwide and harnesses the talent of a global supplier base. By building on a legacy of aviation management, Boeing continues to lead in technology and innovation, delivering for its customers and investing in the people and future growth.