Wisk Set to Start Transport Trial In New Zealand

Wisk’s all-electric, self-flying air taxi during a recent test flight in New Zealand. Photo credit: Wisk Aero, LLC

Urban air mobility (UAM) company Wisk is slated to begin the implementation phase of its Transport Trial in New Zealand later this year, with Boeing subsidiary Insitu Pacific now also supporting the effort.

The trial will advance autonomous passenger transport under the New Zealand Government’s broader Airspace Integration Trial Programme (AITP), according to a news release. Wisk, the company behind the first all-electric self-flying air taxi, announced plans for the trial in February of 2020.

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With the addition of Insitu as a partner, Wisk will combine its autonomous flight operations with Boeing’s expertise and technology to safely evaluate, test and demonstrate the integration of unmanned aircraft into existing airspace.

The trial will address the challenges that come with airspace integration and will help realize the many opportunities UAM offers a variety of industries and applications.

“New Zealand presents a unique opportunity and we are immensely proud to have been recognized by the New Zealand Government as the first airspace integration industry partner,” Wisk Asia Pacific Region Director Anna Kominik said, according to the release. “New Zealand’s focus on decarbonizing its economy as part of the electric transport evolution directly aligns with Wisk’s mission to deliver safe, everyday flight for everyone through effective, accessible and sustainable urban air mobility solutions.”