Joby Aviation, the maker of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxi craft, has announced a partnership with All Nippon Airways (ANA) to prepare for aerial ridesharing services in Japan.
The link-up is initially focusing on Osaka in the west of the country, which will host the 2025 World Expo. Japanese officials have previously said they want to introduce air taxi services by then, and Joby’s collaboration with ANA will seek to make it among the first eVTOL companies providing those. Rivals EHang, Volocopter, and SkyDrive have revealed similar ambitions.
To prepare for that future business, ANA and Joby will work together on the development of infrastructure, pilot training, flight operations, air traffic management, public acceptance, and regulatory requirements.
In revealing their pairing, Joby and ANA put a major emphasis on the ridesharing aspect of future eVTOL air taxi operations in Japan, as well as the next-generation aerial…