Hyundai’s Supernal Collaboration With Microsoft: Supernal, an eVTOL developer and part of the Hyundai Motor Group, has partnered with Microsoft to provide advanced air mobility (AAM) solutions leveraging the latter’s cloud computing platform.
The alliance will concentrate on expanding cloud integration, digital operations, and autonomy technologies for the aviation industry.
Dr. Jaiwon Shin, president of the Hyundai Motor Group and CEO of Supernal, stated: “Supernal has a responsibility to ensure safe and secure deployment of eVTOL vehicles as it ushers in a new frontier of transportation with Advanced Air Mobility.
“We are pleased to collaborate with Microsoft, a software leader, to advance AAM autonomous systems and information-sharing responsibly.”
Microsoft first consented to provide early Supernal access to Project AirSim, a simulation platform that uses artificial intelligence (AI).
Through simulation, the platform intends to develop, test, educate, and validate autonomous aircraft transportation.
The AirSim project will generate environmental and sensory data using Microsoft’s Azure technology to train machine learning models that simulate all flight phases and changeable weather patterns.
The initiative will include synthetic data production from a partner ecosystem to speed up airborne autonomy, planet-scale 3D settings of urban and rural landscapes, and libraries of pre-trained AI models.
“Air travel is a vital pillar in the democratization of mobility, connecting more people, goods, and places through safe flying experiences,” said Ulrich Homann, corporate vice-president of Microsoft Cloud + AI.
“With the Microsoft Cloud, Supernal can unlock the computing power it takes to build, validate, and deploy electric air vehicles at scale, spurring the commercialization of advanced air mobility solutions.”
The Air-One vertiport, billed as the first operational “multi-modal infrastructure center” for managing future electric air transport, was unveiled by Supernal and Urban-Air Port in the UK in April last year.