The future of smart air mobility

Julia Sieger, Peter O'Brien and Edward Arkwright
Julia Sieger, Peter O'Brien and Edward Arkwright © FRANCE 24

From vertical take-off and landing to hydrogen planes, we take a look at smart and clean mobility solutions. Most vehicles developed today follow requirements in terms of carbon footprint, noise and visual pollution. But beyond the vehicles themselves, entire transportation networks need to be rethought. In this edition, we speak to Edward Arkwright, the deputy CEO of Groupe ADP.    

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But first, in South Africa, dwindling tourist dollars due to the pandemic mean the country's national parks have had to cut back on their anti-poaching patrols, leaving wildlife vulnerable to attacks. A new surveillance system using smartphones is hoping to change that. It provides round-the-clock video streams to keep an eye on the elephants, leopards and rhinos that roam the savannah. 

In the context of environmental transition in air transport and economic recovery, Groupe ADP, which is one of the world leaders in airport infrastructure, has partnered with other French companies to develop an urban air mobility industry branch.

It wants to focus on what it believes to be the future: electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL). As competition soars worldwide to develop flying taxis, Groupe ADP is set to showcase its transport system during the 2024 Olympic Games. We hear from Groupe ADP's deputy CEO, Edward Arkwright.    

Our tech editor Peter O'Brien tells us more about how regular flying planes are turning to hydrogen to become greener.

He also takes us outside the studio in Test 24 to try the Chinese mobility ride-hailing platform Caocao.

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