The trial of this urban air mobility mode will be carried out before the Republic of Indonesia's 79th anniversary in 2024.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Nusantara Capital Authority (OIKN) and the Ministry of Transportation carried out a location survey for the proof of concept (PoC) for urban air mobility at two airports in East Kalimantan.

"The trial of this urban air mobility mode will be carried out before the Republic of Indonesia's 79th anniversary in 2024," the deputy for green and digital transformation at OIKN, Mohammed Ali Berawi, said in Jakarta on Thursday.

"This momentum only exists through IKN development and must be utilized. We hope that there is technology that can be utilized for creation, development, and increasing the capacity of Indonesia's human resources," he added.

The two airports where the survey was carried out were the Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Sepinggan International Airport in Balikpapan and the Aji Pangeran Tumenggung Pranoto (APT Pranoto) International Airport in Samarinda.

Berawi said he strongly supports collaborative initiatives between East Kalimantan airports and international companies, including for conducting an urban air mobility trial in Nusantara and its surrounding areas using advanced technology.

Meanwhile, the director of digital ecosystem development at OIKN, Tonny Agus Setiono, emphasized the importance of comprehensive collaboration between the government and the private sector, as well as determining the feasibility of the transportation mode.

"Trials must be carried out with thorough assessment and certification and also need to be continued for studies regarding operational feasibility and preparation of recommendations for the scope of new policies in urban air mobility," he said.

Therefore, the PoC will not only focus on studying the feasibility of the transportation mode, but also developing systems, human resources, and future policies, he informed.

IKN is being developed as a smart city through the adoption of intelligent transportation and mobility technology based on mobility as a service. One of the technologies is urban air mobility.

The Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) and Hyundai Motors Company (HMC) also took part in the latest survey.

Earlier, during the B20 Summit at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center at the end of 2022, HMC had signed a memorandum of understanding with OIKN to build an advanced air mobility ecosystem in Indonesia.

The latest survey consisted of activities such as meetings to discuss potential locations and collection of data for PoC purposes as well as air side surveys at each airport.

Representing Hyundai Motors, the director of corporate affairs at Hyundai ASEAN, Tri Wahono, said that Hyundai was grateful to the airport authority, Angkasa Pura, and the Ministry of Transportation for the visit.

"Hyundai will determine the location according to the assessment, and coordinate and cooperate optimally with the stakeholders involved in this trial," he added.

Nusantara has been envisaged as a future modern city with a three-city ecosystem comprising six smart city components, one of which is transportation and mobility as a service, which is the focus of the PoC.

The PoC will include testing first-mile and last-mile transportation mode bookings using electric car services as well as testing autonomous air mobility modes.

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